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On This Day: September 7

Aviation events for September 7

1904: The Wright brothers 1st use their weight-and-derrick-assisted take-off device in order to make themselves independent of the wind and weather. When the heavy weight is released, the rope pulls the aircraft, which sits on a flatbed truck, over the launching track, thus assisting its take-off.
1909: The U.S. Army's 1st "aerodrome", an airfield or airport, is established in College Park, Maryland.
1941: The Grumman Martlet fighter makes it first carrier deployment aboard Royal Navy aircraft carriers on convoy protection duties. It is the first combat use of any variant of the F4F Wildcat.
1942: First flight of the Consolidated C-32 Dominator heavy bomber. Because first deliveries would not occur until 1945, the aircraft’s impact in World War II was minimal. Production was halted with the 118th copy. Sadly, there no C-32 airframes remaining.
1946: Royal Air Force Gloster Meteor established a new world absolute air speed record of 615.65 mph (990.79 km/h) flown by Group Captain E.M. Donaldson off the coast of West Sussex, England.
1955: First flight of the Sukhoi S-1, prototype of Su-7.
1956: the Bell X-2 research aircraft is flown by Captain Iven C. Kincheloe to a new altitude record of 126,200 ft (38,466 m).
1965: First flight of the Bell AH-1 Cobra.
1997: First flight of the Lockheed F-22 Raptor takes place over Georgia.
2008: Futura International Airways ceases operations.

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