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On This Day, At That Time in Aviation History: August 20th

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Today in Aviation History – August 20

On This Day in Aviation History August 20 1986General Electric GE-36 propfan engine makes its first test flight. Hybrid between the turbofan and turboprop, which is also known as unducted fans, a number of factors from the noise problems to the decline in fuel prices, eventually lead to the abandonment of the program before ever being delivered, despite impressive gains in fuel economy.

1977 – The Voyager 2 unmanned interplanetary spacecraft is launched aboard a Titan IIIE/Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral, tasked mainly with photographing Venus, Neptune and Saturn. As of today, Voyager 2 is still beaming messages back to Earth from 12 hrs 47 mins 58 secs of light-travel time from Earth.

1941 – No. 415 (Coastal) Squadron was formed in England.

1935 – Boeing test pilot Les Tower flies the Model 299 nonstop from Seattle to Dayton and establishes an unofficial record of flying 2,100 miles at an average speed of 232 miles.

1919 – The first regularly scheduled passenger service by airship begins in Berlin with a Zeppelin LX 120 Bodenese.

1913 – French aviator Adolphe Pégoud carries out the first parachute descent ever made whereby the parachute is deployed before the pilot leaves the airplane.

1910 – The first U.S. Army experiments with firing a rifle from an airplane takes place when Lt. Jacob Earl Fickel conducts firing trials from a Curtiss biplane piloted by Curtiss himself.

1908 – The Wright Flyer built for flight trials before the U.S. Army arrives at Fort Meyer, near Washington, D.C., eight days ahead of schedule. Before trials begin, tests to check transportability, another stipulation, start.

1901 – The Wright brothers leave Kitty Hawk, N.C., at the end of their second season of testing gliders and return to Dayton, Ohio.

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