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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY IN 1943

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On January 14, 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt (left) became the first president to travel on official business by airplane. Crossing the
Atlantic by air, Roosevelt flew in a Boeing 314 Flying Boat dubbed
the Dixie Clipper (below) to a
World War II strategy meeting with
Winston Churchill at Casablanca in North Africa.

 

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (left) with Winston Churchill at the
Casablanca Conference, January 22, 1943.

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CRASH LANDING MADE ON THIS DAY IN 1978

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United Flight 173 was a scheduled flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to Portland International
Airport in Oregon. The jet ran out of fuel while troubleshooting
a landing gear problem and crashed in a suburban neighborhood
east of the city at 157th and Burnside. Ten passengers were killed
and 175 survived.

 

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1978 plane crash into Portland neighborhood killed 10, allowed a prisoner escape -- and haunted pilot - oregonlive.com

 

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United Airlines Flight 173 crash site in Portland, OR (Google Maps)
The crash site as it looks today.

 

 

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FIRST SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT ON THIS DAY IN 1903

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Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright made
the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-
than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-
driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered
120 feet on its inaugural flight.

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The Wright brothers: Orville (left) and Wilbur (right).

 


The Wright brothers company in Dayton, Ohio offered their first
airplane for sale, the Wright Model B, in 1910.

 

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MISSING IN ACTION ON THIS DAY IN 1944

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Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – disappeared December 15, 1944)


Glenn Miller was a big-band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader
in the
swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1942,
leading
one of the best-known big bands
. Miller’s recordings include "In the
Mood
", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo
Choo
", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", "(I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo",
"
American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", "Elmer’s Tune", and "Little Brown
Jug"
. In just four years Glenn Miller scored 16 number-one records and 69
top ten hits—more than
Elvis Presley (38 top 10s) and the Beatles (33 top - 
10s) did in their careers.
   
       

In 1942, Miller volunteered to join the U.S. military to entertain troops during
World War II, ending up with the U.S. Army Air Forces. On December 15,
1944, while flying to Paris, Miller’s aircraft disappeared in bad weather over
the
English Channel. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

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AIR FORCE FLYING ACE HAS DIED AT 97

Today in History, October 14, 1947: Test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier
Charles “Chuck” Yeager with the Bell X-1.

 

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Charles Elwood Yeager (February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020)

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — West Virginia native,
United States Air Force officer and record-setting test pilot,
Charles “Chuck” Yeager has died.

Yeager’s wife, Victoria, announced via Twitter that Yeager
passed away just before 9:00 p.m. Monday night.

The Lincoln County native, considered one of the greatest
pilots of all-time, was the first man to break the sound barrier
when he exceeded Mach 1 as he flew the experimental Bell
X-1 rocket plane over Edwards Air Force Base in California
in 1947.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (below).

Yeager also appeared in the 1983 film “The Right Stuff” and
Charleston’s Yeager Airport is named in his honor.

 

Banks honored as Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner | by MLB.com/blogs | Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords

 

 

 

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