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On This Day: April 15

Aviation events for April 15

1909: A crowd at the Centocelle Field, Rome, Italy, sees Wilbur Wright make a 10-minute flight in which he reaches an altitude of 98 feet.
 
1925: The U.S. Navy begins a program of daily flights to an altitude of 10,000 ft. from the Anacostia Naval Air Station in Washington, DC. The main purpose of these flights is to obtain weather data and to test upper-air sounding equipment that collects information that could be used to forecast weather.
 
1947: BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) opens its first regular service to Canada; it is a weekly flight by a Constellation from London to Montreal.
 
1952: First flight of the Boeing YB-52 49-231. Read more...
 
1965: First flight of the A√©rospatiale Puma prototype SA.330. Read more...
 
1971: First flight of the Boeing 737-200ADV. Read more...
 
1985: Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B mission.
 
1988: Meteorite exploded above Indonesia.
 
2010: Following the second eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, large areas of controlled airspace were closed, causing widespread suspension of services across Europe.
 
 
 

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