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On This Day: March 1

Aviation events for March 1

1912: Capt. Albert Berry makes the first parachute descent from a powered airplane in America when he jumps from a Benoist aircraft that is being flown by the company pilot, Anthony Jannus. The aircraft is flying at a height of 1,500 ft. over Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri, and Berry uses a static line parachute.
1925: Ryan Airlines begins the first regularly scheduled passenger airline service flown within the mainland United States. The service runs between Los Angeles and San Diego. (F&F)
1928: An airmail route between France and Chile is opened with a fast sea link between Dakar, Senegal and Natal, Brazil.
1933: U.S. Air Commerce Regulations are amended to increase the flying time required for a pilot’s license from 10 hours to 50 hours.
1962: Los Angeles Airways sets up the world’s first commercial service using turbine-powered, multi-engine helicopters, the Sikorsky S-621L, which could accommodate up to 28 passengers.
1962: American Airlines Flight 1, a Boeing 707, crashed shortly after takeoff from Idlewild airport due to a maintenance error causing rudder failure. All 95 people onboard were killed. At the time, it was the nation's highest death toll involving a single commercial airplane.
1966: Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus).
1982: Venera 13 landed on Venus.
1984: Landsat 5 and ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit.
1986: Sakigake, Japan Comet Flyby made its comet flyby.
1988: Spanair commenced operations.
1989: Comet du Toit at perihelion.
1996: NEAR, USA Asteroid Orbiter (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) imaged Comet Hyakutake.
2005: Lufthansa acquired their first 11% of Swiss International Air Lines.

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