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September 28, 2011

On This Day in Aviation History: September 28th

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2008 – SpaceX’s Falcon 1 becomes the first privately funded spacecraft to enter orbit.


1992 – Pakistan International Airlines Flight 268, a Airbus A300-203 (registered) AP-BCP), crashes into a mountain in Kathmandu, killing all 167 people on-board. The aircraft was on approach to land in a valley when it descended below the cleared altitude, striking a cloud-covered hillside.

1980 – Jaromir Wagner is the first to fly the Atlantic standing on a wing. (Think about that the next time you complain about sitting in coach.)

1924 – Two U.S. Army planes land after an around-world flight, Seattle to Seattle, after 175 days and 57 stops.

1920 – American pilot Howard Rinehart, flying a Dayton-Wright R.B Racer, becomes the first person to fly an airplane fitted with retractable landing gear.

1934 – Lufthansa flies its millionth customer.

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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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