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2011: The North American P-51D Mustang The Galloping Ghost, flown by James K. “Jimmy” Leeward, crashes into box seats in front of the grandstand at the Reno Air Races at Reno Stead Airport north of Reno, Nevada. Leeward and 10 others are killed and 69 people are injured. It is the third-deadliest airshow accident in U.S. history and the deadliest aviation accident of any kind in the United States in two years.

2007: One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 crashes on landing in Phuket International Airport after a failed go-around during extreme windshear conditions, breaking into two pieces on an embankment next to the runway. The crash of the MD-82 (registered HS-OMG) killed 90 of the 130 onboard. Investigators blame the crash on pilot error, as the pilot decided to land even though the control tower warned them about the difficult time the previous aircraft had.

1975: The prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-31 makes its first flight.

1914: In the midst of World War I, Canada’s Minister of Militia and Defense authorizes the formation of the Canadian Aviation Corps. At its peak it would served by three (3) personnel and a single aircraft, a Burgess-Dunne two-seater float plane. The Corps would be disbanded the following year, and then succeeded by the creation of the also-short-lived Canadian Air Force in 1918. The Royal Canadian Air Force would be established in 1924, and is today known as the Canadian Forces Air Command.

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Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.



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