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PROTOTYPE ELECTRIC AIRPLANE DEBUTED

Alice, an all-electric airplane designed and built by Eviation, takes off in Moses Lake, Wash., for its first flight Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP)

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A prototype, all-electric airplane
took its first flight Tuesday morning in central Washington
state.

The Seattle Times reports that if the Federal Aviation
Administration eventually certifies the small airplane to
carry passengers, it could become the first all-electric
commercial airplane.

The plane, built by startup Eviation, was built to carry nine
passengers and up two pilots. It took off from Moses Lake,
Washington, at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, and landed eight minutes
later.

The company’s goal is to show such electric planes are viable
as commuter aircraft flying at an altitude of about 15,000 feet.

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BOMBER MADE ITS DEBUT ON THIS DAY ~

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On September 21, 1942, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress made its
debut flight in Seattle,
Washington. It was the largest bomber
used in the war by any nation.

The B-29 was conceived in 1939 by Gen. Hap Arnold, who was
afraid a German victory in Europe would mean the United States
would be devoid of bases on the eastern side of the Atlantic from
which to counterattack. A plane was needed that would travel
faster, farther, and higher than any then available, so Boeing set
to creating the four-engine heavy bomber.

The plane was extraordinary, able to carry loads almost equal to
its own weight at altitudes of 30,000 to 40,000 feet. It also sported
the first radar bombing system of any U.S. bomber.

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Henry Harley Arnold
(June 25, 1886 – January 15, 1950)

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SHE’S THE FIRST FEMALE AIR GUARD PILOT

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WSET) — At 20,000 feet in the sky,
history was made as the
first female pilot in the Air National
Guard flew an F-35A Lightning II plane on her inaugural flight.

It took three years of training for 1st Lt. Kelsey Flannery to
reach the achievement, but she had to jump through many
more hoops than just training before she could fly.

The process started when she interviewed in 2019 for the
134th Fighter Squadron, or the "Green Mountain Boys."
Out of hundreds of applicants, Flannery was a member of
the small group selected to continue in the squadron as a
new pilot.

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PASSENGER JET SHOT DOWN ON THIS DAY

The wreckage of Korean Air Lines Flight 007
The wreckage of Korean Air Lines Flight 007.     
    
    
    
   

On September 1, 1983,Soviet jet fighters intercepted a Korean
Airlines passenger flight in Russian airspace and shot the plane
down, killing  269 passengers and crew-members. The incident dramatically increased tensions between the
Soviet Union
and
the United
States.      
       

    

      
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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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SANDY KOZEL

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh
(February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)

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