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On This Day: January 11

Aviation events for January 11

1787: Uranus' moons Titania and Oberon discovered by William Herschel.
1935: Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman pilot to fly solo between Hawaii and the United States. She takes off from Wheeler Field, Oahu, Honolulu, to fly her Lockheed Vega across the eastern Pacific to Oakland, California. Earhart lands after 18 hours 15 minutes.
1947: First flight of the McDonnell XF2D-1 Banshee, later redesignated XF2H-1.
1968: SR-71 (957) lost on final approach to Beale AFB due to a total electrical failure. Crashed on landing approach to Beale AFB. The instructor pilot Robert Sower and the student pilot David Fruehauf both ejected safely.
1978: The American Jet Industries’ Hustler executive transport makes its first flight.
1992: The US FAA approves a helicopter rating for a pilot based solely on flight simulator performance for the first time.
1996: Space Shuttle STS 72 (Endeavour 10), launches into space.
1998: Lunar Prospector - USA Lunar Orbiter arrived at the Moon. It is designed for a low polar orbit investigation of the Moon, including the mapping of surface composition and possible ice deposits, the measuring of magnetic and gravity fields, and the study of lunar outgassing events. This data could help scientists plan a potential lunar base and develop theories of the formation of the Moon, Earth and Solar System. Its mission is scheduled to last one to three years.

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