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On This Day: April 4

Aviation events for April 4

1907: Santos-Dumont, disappointed by his failure on March 27 and shocked by Charles Voisin’s flight of 197 feet shortly afterwards, tries again with his Nº 14bis. He makes a short flight of 164 feet in Saint-Cyr, France.
1913: Emmanouil Argyropoulos becomes the first Greek military aviator to die in flight, his Blériot XI crashing from 1200 feet near Thessaloniki while on a reconnaissance mission during the Balkan Wars. A passenger, Konstantinos Manos, was also killed.
1933: The USS Akron, the Navy’s 785-foot-long rigid helium-filled airship, crashes off the coast of New Jersey in a violent storm, killing 73 of the 76 men on board. At the time, it was the most deadly aviation accident in history.
1946: Sears, Roebuck & Company begins a new, regular weekly overnight shipment of women’s clothing from New York to the West Coast by airplane.
1947: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is officially founded in Montreal, Canada. It is an intergovernmental organization, established to regulate air transportation on a worldwide basis, its authority restricted only by the number of signatory nations.
1947: Largest group of sunspots on record.
1949: NATO is formed.
1960: Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center.
1961: Three astronauts selected for Mercury-Redstone flight (MR-3) were ordered to take refresher course in Navy centrifuge at Johnsville, PA.
1966: British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) opens its first scheduled service to Mexico, flying to Mexico City via Bermuda and Kingston, Jamaica.
1967: In the Apollo Program, Apollo-Saturn mission 502 (Apollo 6) is launched as the second and last unmanned test flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle.
1968: Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned.
1975: A US Air Force Lockheed C-5 Galaxy (68-0218) carrying Vietnamese orphans and American caregivers crashes while attempting an emergency landing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Vietnam, killing 175 of the 311 people on board.
1977: Southern Airways Flight 242 crash-landed on a highway after engine failure, 62 out of 85 aboard killed, 8 ground fatalities.
1983: Space Shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage into space on mission STS-6. During the mission, the crew would perform the shuttle program’s first space walk.
1991: United States Senator H. John Heinz III and six others are killed when his Piper Aerostar and a Bell 412 helicopter collide over Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, and crash.
1996: First flight of the Extra 400.
1997: DMSP Titan 2 launched.
1997: STS-83, Columbia 22, launches.
2004: Alaska Airlines discontinues service between San Francisco and Tucson.

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