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On This Day: February 23

Aviation events for February 23

1909: John A. McCurdy flies the Aerial Experimental Association’s Silver Dart biplane 40 feet over the frozen Bras d’Or lake at Baddeck Bay – the first flight of a heavier-than-air machine in Canada.
1914: Harry Busteed makes the first test flight of the Bristol Scout biplane at Larkhill training center in England.
1921: A team of pilots completes an experimental coast-to-coast mail flight; flying by day and night, they have linked San Francisco and Long Island in a day and half’s flying time.
1951: First flight of the Dassault Mystère.
1966: First flight of the Dornier Do 28D Skyservant D-INTL.
1987: Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604.
1997: A small fire occurs on the Russian Space station, Mir, when a solid-fuel, oxygen-generating canister bursts into flames. There are no injuries.
2008: A United States Air Force B-2 Spirit crashes at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. It is the first operational loss of a B-2. The crew of two ejects safely, but the aircraft would be the most expensive write-off in history, as each B-2 rings up to around $1.2 billion. The cause of the crash is later determined to have been moisture in the air-data pressure sensors, producing inaccurate speed readings and then an early rotation and subsequent stall.
2010: Kingfisher Airlines formally submits its application to join the oneworld alliance.

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