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On This Day: March 11

Aviation events for March 11

1910: Lieutenant J. W. Dunne’s D5 tailless biplane is tested at Eastchurch, Kent, England. It has a 60-hp Green engine and was built by Short Brothers.
1941: A record for heaviest payload for a commercial aircraft is set by a Lockheed Super constellation flying for Flying Tiger Lines from Newark, New Jersey to Burbank, California.
1955: Orient Airways is merged into a new government-owned airline to become Pakistan International Airlines.
1957: The prototype Boeing 707 jet lands after a press demonstration flight from Seattle, Washington to Baltimore, Maryland during which it covers 2,350 miles in a record time of 3 hours 48 minutes.
1957: a Flying Tiger Lockheed Super Constellation sets a new payload record for a commercial aircraft, carrying 41,749 lb (18,937 kg) on a flight between Newark, New Jersey and Burbank, California.
1958: Boeing B-47E Stratojet, 53-1876, and an F-86 Sabre collide during a training mission. The damaged B-47 is forced to jettison a nuclear weapon casing. Because there’s no fuel capsule installed on the bomb, there is no nuclear detonation. The bomb would never be found.
1960: US Probe, Pioneer 5 Solar Monitor launched. Space probe is now in a solar orbit.
1982: Winderoe Flight 933, a Twin Otter (LN-BNK) crashes into the Barents Sea after structural failure of the aircraft’s tail due to severe clear-air turbulence. All 15 on the aircraft perish.
1986: Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km.
1993: First flight of the Airbus A321.
1997: Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space.
1998: The first two of four Boeing E-767 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircrafts are officially handed over to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force.
2005: JetsGo ceases operations.
2005: China’s first privately-owned carrier Okay Airlines begins operations with a flight from Tianjin to Changsha. Their fleet currently consists of five Boeing 737s and two Xian MA-60s.
2011: An 8.9 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan’s northeast coast, generating a massive tsunami which sweeps away entire towns in Japan, washes out Sendai Airport and forces Tokyo’s Narita Airport to shut down.

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