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On This Day: May 12

Aviation events for May 12

1949: The USSR ends its blockade of Berlin, Germany; the Western airlift continues to build up supplies in the city.
1960: A USAF C-130 Hercules drops a record 35,000 lb (15,876 kg) by parachute.
1961: USAF announced plans to institute special course for the instruction of space pilots at Edwards Air Force Base, and it was activated in June.
1963: American flyer Betty Miller lands in Brisbane, Australia, to complete the first transpacific flight by a woman; she left Oakland, California, on April 30.
1964: American flyer Joan Merriam Smith lands her Pipe Apache to complete the second round-the-world flight by a woman; she took 56 days.
1984: The Airbus A-310 enters service with Air France.
2004: The last F-4 Phantom fighters are withdrawn from service with the Israeli Air Force.
2010: At 04:10 UTC (06:10 Tripoli time) Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771, an Airbus A330-202 flying from Johannesburg, South Africa to Tripoli, Libya crashed on approach to Tripoli airport. 11 crew members and 93 passengers were killed. The sole survivor was a nine-year-old Dutch boy. The aircraft, (serial number 1024), was delivered on 8 September 2009, thus being some eight months old at the time of the incident. The aircraft had logged approximately 1600 hours on 420 flights. The weather at the time of the crash was cloudy, but with good visibility, and no fog or thunderstorms.

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