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Aviation History

A look back at aviation events that occurred on today’s date.

  • A Ukrainian Air Force Aero L-39 crashed after an engine fire on take-off from Chuguyiv airfield, pilot killed. - 22nd September 2012
  • North American Aviation and the Rockwell-Standard Corporation merge to form the North American Rockwell Corporation. - 22nd September 1967
  • The 1,000th Boeing 727 is sold, a sales record for airliners - 22nd September 1972
  • A U.S. Navy Lockheed P-3B-75-LO Orion, BuNo 152757, c/n 185-5199, of VP-8 on flight out of Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, at 1205 hrs. en route to Trenton, Ontario for display at an air show, explodes in the air eight-ten minutes later and comes down over Poland, Maine. Cause is thought to be failure of number one (port outer) engine nacelle due to "whirl-mode" in turbulence; engine separates along with 11 feet of outer port wing, strikes and shears off the port horizontal stabilizer. Aerodynamic forces then cause loss of other three engines, starboard wing fails at fuselage, which rolls inverted and impacts ground. Much of the debris comes down near the intersection of Route 11 and Megquier Hill Road, but pieces are scattered in a wide area around the site. No homes are hit, but the nearest residences to the wreckage are only a few hundred feet away. The blast blows out some of the windows in a nearby house. The eight crew are KWF: Lt. Commander Francis W. Dupont, Jr., Lt. j.g. Donald E. Merz, Aide-de-camp Larry R. Miller, Lt. j.g. George D. Nuttelman, Aviation ASW Operator 3rd Class Robert I. Phillips, Aviation ASW Operator 3rd Class James A. Piepkorn, Aviation ASW Operator Striker Paul.G. Schulz, and Lt. j.g. Ernest A. Smith. - 22nd September 1978
  • Retired: Grumman F-14 Tomcat - 22nd September 2006
  • David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon from New Brunswick, Canada to Ireland. - 22nd September 2003
  • An Iranian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76MD AWACS equipped aircraft collided with another Iranian Airforce Northrop F-5E Tiger II during a military parade near Varamin, Iran resulting in 7 fatalities. - 22nd September 2009
  • Two CF-5 s carried out reece of Soviet ice island NP-22 in Canadian Arctic territory. - 22nd September 1976
  • A U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A-70-GR Tomcat, BuNo 162707, of VF-74 out of NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia, operating from the USS Saratoga, accidentally shoots down a USAF RF-4C-22-MC Phantom II, 69-0381, 'ZR' tailcode, of the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, out of Zweibrücken Air Base, West Germany, at 1550 hrs. EDT over the Mediterranean during a NATO exercise, DISPLAY DETERMINATION. Both RF-4C crew eject, pilot Capt. Michael Ross of Portsmouth, Ohio, and WSO Lt. Randy Sprouse of Sumter, South Carolina, both of the 38th TRS, and are rescued by a helicopter from the Saratoga within 30 minutes, suffering numerous injuries. A Navy spokesman said that the F-14 downed the RF-4C with an air-to-air missile, but did not know whether it was a Phoenix, a Sparrow or a Sidewinder. This was likely due to insufficient information being relayed to the spokesman; recovery of the F-14 aboard Saratoga makes it obvious the missile was an AIM-9 Sidewinder. When told by the Saratoga's Admiral that they had been shot down, Sprouse remarks "I thought we were supposed to be on the same side?" to which the Admiral replies "We're sorry about this, but most of the time we are." The Tomcat pilot is duly disciplined and permanently removed from flying status. - 22nd September 1987
  • A USAF Boeing E-3B Sentry, 77-0354, c/n 21554, of the 962d AACS, 552d ACW, crashes shortly after take off from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, when a flock of Canadian snow geese were ingested by its engines. All 24 crew members die, including 2 Canadian air crew members. This was the first loss of an E-3 since the type entered service in 1977. - 22nd September 1995
  • Two RAF SEPECAT Jaguars and a USAF A-10 attack and destroy a Serbian T-55 tank - 22nd September 1994
  • Introduction: Grumman F-14 Tomcat - 22nd September 1974
  • Introduction: Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft to the U. S. Navy test site at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. - 22nd September 2006
  • Iraq attacks Iran, various military bases and oil wells affected. - 22nd September 1980
  • In the second of the three Transair Georgia airliner shootdowns, a Tupolev Tu-154, carrying soldiers from Tbilisi, is shot down on landing in the Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport; the plane crashes on the runway and catches fire, killing 108 of the 132 people on board. - 22nd September 1993

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