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On This Day: September 22

Aviation events for September 22

1902: Stanley Spencer becomes the 1st Englishman to fly in a powered airship over England. The 75-foot-long dirigible is powered by a 3-hp water-cooled engine and makes a flight of 30 miles.
1950: An F-84 Thunderjet completes the first crossing of the Atlantic by a jet fighter.
1966: The Surveyor 2 crashes on Moon due to a mid-course correction failure.
1972: Boeing sells their 1,000th copy of the 727, a record for airliners at the time.
1980: Iraq attacks Iran, various military bases and oil wells affected.
1995: A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry (Callsign Yukla 27, serial number 77-0354), crashes shortly after take off from Elmendorf AFB, AK. The plane lost power to both port side engines after these engines ingested several Canada Geese during takeoff. The aircraft went down in a heavily wooded area about two miles northeast of the runway, killing all 24 crew members on board.
2003: David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon from New Brunswick, Canada to Ireland.
2006: The F-14 Tomcat is retired from the Navy. Being first deployed in 1974 on the USS Enterprise, replacing the F-4 Phantom II, the F-14 was replaced by the F/A-18 super Hornet. The F-14 is known in popular culture as being the aircraft flown in the 1980s movie classic Top Gun.
2012: The first group of USAF UAV operators graduate without learning to be pilots.

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