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On This Day: December 17

Aviation events for December 17

1903: Orville Wright makes the first sustained, controlled, powered flight in the Flyer airplane at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The historic first flight lasts 12 seconds and covers 120 feet.
1935: First flight of the Douglas DC-3.
1951: The Lockheed Super Constellation enters service with Eastern Air Lines.
1963: First flight of the Lockheed C-141A Starlifter.
1969: The USAF closes Project Blue Book, its 22-year investigation into sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.
1984: C-5 Galaxy of the USAF becomes airborne with 920,836 pounds (417,684 kg) aboard, setting a U.S. national record.
2003: On the anniversary of the Wright Flyer's achievement, SpaceShipOne is the first privately built, manned aircraft to fly faster than the speed of sound.
2012: An Amazon Sky Antonov AN-26, registration OB-1887-P performing a freight flight from Lima to Cusco Malvinas (Peru) with 4 crew, had departed Lima at 10:09L (15:09Z) and was enroute about 32 minutes into the 78 minutes flight when radio contact with the aircraft was lost. Last radar contact showed the aircraft 110nm east of Lima at FL195.

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