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  • Myanma Airways Flight 409, a Fokker F28-4000, registration XY-ADW, overruns the runway at Sittwe Airport, Myanmar. The aircraft is damaged beyond repair. - Saturday 6th Jun, 2009
  • Alaska Airlines starts service between Denver and Anchorage and discontinues service between San Jose and Tucson. - Sunday 6th Jun, 2004
  • China Northwest Airlines Flight 2303, a Tupolev Tu-154M, breaks up in mid-air and crashes near Xian, China, killing all 160 on board. The deadliest airplane crash ever to occur in China is attributed to a maintenance error. - Monday 6th Jun, 1994
  • Copa Airlines Flight 201, a Boeing 737-200 Advanced, crashes near Darien, Panama, killing all 47 passengers and crew on board; a faulty attitude indicator is the cause. - Saturday 6th Jun, 1992
  • Aeroflot Flight 411, an Ilyushin Il-62, crashes after take-off from Sheremetyevo International Airport; all 90 on board are killed. - Sunday 6th Jun, 1982
  • Westland Gazelle AH1 XX377 is shot down by friendly fire from HMS Cardiff during the Falklands War - Sunday 6th Jun, 1982
  • Royal Air force receives first F-16. - Sunday 6th Jun, 1976
  • The Double Six Tragedy, also known as the Double Six Crash, was a plane crash in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The plane, operated by Sabah Air, coming from Labuan crashed in the sub-district of Sembulan in Kota Kinabalu upon approaching Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The crash killed everyone on board the flight, including Tun Fuad Stephens, the Chief Minister of Sabah at that time. - Sunday 6th Jun, 1976
  • The 1973 Paris Air Show crash was the crash of the second production Tupolev Tu-144 at Goussainville, Val-d’Oise, France, which killed all six crew and a further eight people on the ground. The crash, at the Paris Air Show, damaged the development program of the Tupolev Tu-144. One theory is that a French Mirage jet sent to photograph the aircraft without the knowledge of the Russian crew caused the pilots to take evasive maneuvers, resulting in the crash. Another theory is that in a rivalry with the Anglo-French Concorde, the pilots attempted a maneuver that was beyond the capabilities of the aircraft. - Wednesday 6th Jun, 1973
  • A United States Marine Corps McDonnell-Douglas F-4B Phantom II fighter jet collides with Hughes Airwest Flight 706, a Douglas DC-9, which crashes into the San Gabriel Mountains near Duarte, California, killing all 49 people aboard; the pilot of the Phantom also dies, while his radar intercept officer successfully bails out. - Sunday 6th Jun, 1971
  • USMC McDonnell Douglas F-4B-18-MC Phantom II, BuNo 151458, of VMFA-323, en route from NAS Fallon, Nevada to MCAS El Toro, California, has mid-air collision with Hughes Airwest Flight 706, DC-9-31, N9345, out of Los Angeles International Airport, at 1811 hrs. over the San Gabriel Mountains, N of Duarte, California. Collision at 15,150 feet altitude killed F-4 pilot 1st Lt. James R. Phillips, 28, of Denver, Colorado (inoperable canopy release), the RIO ejecting and landing near Azusa, California. All 44 passengers and five crew members were killed aboard the DC-9, which impacted into a remote canyon of Mt. Bliss approximately three miles N of the city of Duarte. The wreckage of the F-4B fighter landed in another canyon approximately .75 miles SE of the DC-9's crash site. Although visibility was good, with no clouds, both crews failed to see and avoid each other. The Airwest DC-9 jetliner was under radar control, but the F-4B fighter was flying with an inoperable transponder that made it invisible on air traffic control radar screens. The RIO, Lt. Christopher E. Schiess, 24, of Salem, Oregon, admitted to inquiry board that the F-4B had performed a 360-degree slow roll about a minute before the collision. One of the early leaders of campus antiwar activism, Prof. Arnold Saul Kaufman, at the University of Michigan in 1965, now Philosophy professor at UCLA, was killed aboard the DC-9. - Sunday 6th Jun, 1971
  • A USAF Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, 68-0212, c/n 500-0015, fifteenth off the production line, but first to be delivered to any operational Military Airlift Command wing, loses one tire and blows another on landing at Charleston AFB, South Carolina for the 437th MAW. - Saturday 6th Jun, 1970
  • First transcontinental carrier-to-carrier jet flight. From USS Bonhomme Richard in the Pacific to USS Saratoga in the Atlantic, 03 h:28 m, in a Vought F8U Crusader flown by USN Capt Robert Dose & LCdr Paul Miller. Distance unstated. - Tuesday 6th Jun, 1967
  • Gemini 9 landed in the Pacific after 45 orbits of Earth during the 72 h 20 min flight. - Monday 6th Jun, 1966
  • Over Laos, Pathet Lao antiaircraft artillery shoots down a U. S. Navy RF-8 A Crusader photographic reconnaissance aircraft piloted by Lieutenant Charles F. Klusmann. It is the first U. S. Navy aircraft and first American fixed-wing aircraft lost over Indochina in the Vietnam War era. - Saturday 6th Jun, 1964
  • The historic aircraft collections of the Canadian War Museum, National Aviation Museum, and the Royal Canadian Air Force were displayed together for the first time at the Rockcliffe RCAF Station. The three collections together were designated the National Aeronautical Collection. - Saturday 6th Jun, 1964
  • Silver City Airline announces that it has airlifted its one millionth car between England and continental Europe. - Saturday 6th Jun, 1964
  • The Boeing B-29 Superfortress that led the first B-29 raid on Tokyo on 24 November 1944, 42-24592, named "Dauntless Dotty", of the 869th Bomb Squadron, 497th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force, departs Kwajalein at 0306 hrs. for the second leg of a ferry flight back to the United States, commanded by Capt. William A. Kelley, of Tifton, Georgia. Forty seconds after takeoff, the aircraft strikes the Pacific Ocean and sinks, killing 10 of 13 on board instantly. Co-pilot 1st Lt. John Neville, of Bradley, Illinois, tailgunner S/Sgt. Glenn F. Gregory, of Waldron, Illinois, and left gunner S/Sgt. Charles McMurray (also spelt McMurry in one source), of Memphis, Tennessee, are thrown from the wreckage and are recovered by a rescue boat after some 45 minutes in the water. A search for the lost airframe by the National Underwater and Marine Agency Australia has been proposed. - Wednesday 6th Jun, 1945
  • A huge airborne armada, nine planes wide and 200 miles long, carries American and British troops across the British Channel for the D-Day invasion of Europe. - Tuesday 6th Jun, 1944
  • Thirty-seven RCAF bomber, fighter and coastal squadrons took part in operations for the invasion of Normandy. The Allied invasion of France is spearheaded by paratrooper drops and assault glider landings. The Luftwaffe offers almost no resistance to the invasion. - Tuesday 6th Jun, 1944
  • (6-9) Allied aircraft drop an average of 600 tons (544,316 kg) of bombs per day on Pantelleria - Sunday 6th Jun, 1943
  • The first nylon parachute jump occurred (Hartford, Ct). - Saturday 6th Jun, 1942
  • Flying 112 sorties, carrier aircraft from Enterprise and Hornet sink the Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma as she withdraws from the Midway area, bringing the Battle of Midway to an end. Three TBD Devastators participate; it is the last combat flight of the Devastator. - Saturday 6th Jun, 1942
  • Four U. S. Army Forces B-24 Liberator bombers led by Major General Clarence L. Tinker take off from Midway to attack the Japanese bomber base on Wake Island. Tinker’s plane disappears after take-off and no wreckage or bodies are ever found. - Saturday 6th Jun, 1942
  • Adolf Hitler reviews 14,000 veterans of the Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion in Berlin. - Tuesday 6th Jun, 1939
  • Aviation gasoline first produced commercially Paulsboro NJ. - Saturday 6th Jun, 1936
  • First flight of the Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta - Monday 6th Jun, 1932
  • Barker Field was opened at Toronto by Mrs. W. G. Barker and L/Col W. A. Bishop. - Saturday 6th Jun, 1931
  • Canadian innovator Wallace Turnbull sells the parent of the variable-pitch propeller to Curtiss-Wright in the United States and Bristol in the United Kingdom. It will be successfully flight tested on June 29. - Monday 6th Jun, 1927
  • The world’s first landplane designed for use as a torpedo bomber, a Sopwith Cuckoo, is completed for the Royal Naval Air Service. - Wednesday 6th Jun, 1917
  • LZ 37 becomes the first Zeppelin destroyed in air-to-air combat when it is bombed by Flt Sub-Lt Reginald Warneford, RNAS. - Sunday 6th Jun, 1915
  • First air flight out of sight of land (Scotland to Norway). - Saturday 6th Jun, 1914
  • Robert Martinet wins the first cross-country air race, between Angers and Saumur, France (27 miles), in a Farman; he takes 31 min and 35 seconds. - Monday 6th Jun, 1910
  • Gabriel Voisin flies along the River Seine in his float-glider towed by a motorboat. - Tuesday 6th Jun, 1905
  • After several stationary stability trials, Ferdinand Ferber makes the first full trial of his glider No.6. It fails to take off in Nice, France. - Saturday 6th Jun, 1903
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