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On This Day: October 6

Aviation events for October 6

1908: Wilbur Wright and a French writer make the 1st passenger flight of over one hour.
1922: Lieutenants John Macready and O.G. Kelly set a new world flight endurance record, staying aloft in their Fokker T-2 monoplane for a total of 35 hours, 18 minutes and 30 seconds.
1929: Hawaiian Airlines commences operations.
1945: Sociedad Aeronautica de Medellin (SAM) is founded.
United Airlines Douglas DC-4 (N30062) at  Medicine Bow Peak, United States
1955: United Airlines Flight 409, en route from Denver, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah, crashed into Medicine Bow Peak, near Centennial, Wyoming, killing all 63 passengers and 3 crew. At the time, this was the deadliest crash in American commercial aviation history. Read more...
1973: Egypt and Syria launch air strikes on Israel, starting the Yom Kippur War. The conflict lasts 18 days.
1976: Cubana Flight 455, a Douglas DC-8, bombed by Anti-Castro terrorists.
1977: First flight of the Mikoyan MiG-29.
1981: NLM Cityhopper Flight 431 encounters a tornado, loses a wing, breaks up in air, and crashes near Moerdijk, Netherlands.
1984: First flight of the FMA IA 63 Pampa.
2010: Aerorepublica begins operations as Copa Airlines – Colombia.

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