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On This Day: August 17

Aviation events for August 17

1910: The first English Channel crossing by an airplane with a passenger is made by John Moisant who takes his mechanic in his two-seat Blériot on the flight from Calais, France to Dover, England.
1946: The first person to be ejected from an airplane by means of its emergency escape equipment is Sergeant Lambert at Wright Field in Ohio.
1978: Ben Abruzzo and crew make the first transatlantic crossing by balloon, taking 5 days 17 hours to travel from Presque Island, Maine USA to Evreux, France in the Double Eagle II.
1988: President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq dies in the crash of a C-130 Hercules transport near Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

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