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On This Day: October 9

Aviation events for October 9

1890: The 1st full-sized manned airplane to leave the ground under its own power is Frenchman Clement Ader’s steam-powered, propeller-driven aircraft.
1900: French aeronaut Count Henri de La Vaulx sets a world record for non-stop long-distance balloon flight. He flies for over 35 hours after taking off from Paris, France.
1987: First flight of the EHI EH101.
1999: First flight of the Boeing 767-400.
1999: Completing a career during which she set scores of speed and altitude records, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird makes its final flight.
2009: The Centaur module of NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) is purposely smashed into the surface of the Moon, creating a plume of dust which is collected by another spacecraft to test for the presence of water. Five weeks later, test results confirm the existence of water vapor on the Moon.

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