April 2 in aviation: a new world time record, a new world distance record.

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On April 2, 1944, the first United States Air Force aircraft, a B-29 Superfortress, arrived in Calcutta, India, after traveling more than 11.530 miles (18.567 km) from Kansas. The aircraft made several stops at Presque Isle (Maine), Gander (Newfoundland), Marrakech (Morocco), Cairo (Egypt) and Karachi. The same flight was a non-stop transatlantic flight of 4.300 km (2.700 miles) between Gander and Marrakech.


Other aviation events on April 2.

The first flight of the Partenavia Oscar aircraft.

On April 2, 1965, the first flight of the Oscar Partenavia took place. Partenavia P.64B / P.66B Oscar was an Italian monoplane with two or four seats, with a single engine, with high wing, built by Partenavia.


LOT Polish Airlines flight 165 crashed in southern Poland.

On April 2, 1969, LOT Polish Airlines 165, an Antonov An-24 plane, crashed in southern Poland, killing all 53 people on board the aircraft.

Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian to reach space.

On April 2, 1984, Rakesh Sharma was launched aboard the Soyuz T-11 and became the first Indian to reach space.

TWA Flight 840 was bombed by Palestinian militants.

On April 2, 1986, TWA 840, a Boeing 727, was bombed by Palestinian militants, killing 4 of the 121 people on board the aircraft. The plane managed to land safely in Athens.

A Royal Air Force plane set a new world time record.

On April 2, 1987, a Royal Air Force aircraft, a Vickers VC-10 aircraft, set a new world time record between the United Kingdom and Australia, landing in Perth after a flight of 16 hours 1 min.

A new world distance record.

On April 2, 1997, a Boeing 777, powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 892 turbofans, returned to Seattle to set a new speed in an attempt to break the world record. The aircraft flew 12.455,34 miles when it flew from Seattle to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

An Embraer EMB 312 Tucano of the Brazilian Air Force crashed during an air show.

On April 2, 2010, an Embraer EMB 312 Tucano of the Brazilian Air Force crashed during an air show at Aeroporto Federal de Lages. The 33-year-old pilot died in the accident.

UTair Flight 120 crashed in western Siberia.

On April 2, 2012, UTair Flight 120, an ATR-72-201 aircraft, crashed in western Siberia, near the city of Tyumen, shortly after takeoff from Roschino International Airport, killing 31 of the 43 people on board the aircraft. .

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