April 10 in aviation: the first flight of the Boeing T-43; the plane crash in Russia that led to the death of the President of Poland.
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On April 10, 1931, CWA Scott broke the record for the fastest solo flight from England to Australia. He took off from England on April 1 and landed in Australia on April 10, flying in 9 days, 4 hours and 11 minutes.
Other aviation events on April 10.
BOAC has relaunched the route to Cairo.
On April 10, 1960, BOAC relaunched the route to Cairo. It had been suspended at the time of the Suez Canal Crisis in 1956.
The first flight of the EWR VJ 101.
On April 10, 1963, the first flight of the EWR VJ 101, the world's first V-STOL supersonic aircraft, took place.
The first flight of the Boeing T-43.
On April 10, 1973, the first flight of the Boeing T-43 took place, a modified Boeing 737-200 used by the United States Air Force to train navigators, now known as USAF combat systems officers. Informally called Gator (short for "navigator") and "Flying Classroom", 19 of these aircraft were delivered to the Mather AFB, California Air Training Command between 1973 and 1974. Two additional aircraft were delivered. at the Colorado Air National Guard at Buckley ANGB (later Buckley AFB) and Peterson AFB, Colorado, in direct support of the cadet air navigation training at the nearby US Air Force Academy.
Two T-43s were later converted to CT-43As in the early 1990s and transferred to the Air Mobility Command and the United States Air Force in Europe, respectively, as executive transports. A third aircraft was also transferred to the Air Force Materials Command to be used as a "Rat 55" radar test aircraft and redesigned as NT-43A. The T-43 was withdrawn by the Command for Air Education and Training in 2010, after 37 years of service.
The first flight of the Westland 30 aircraft.
On April 10, 1979, the first flight of the Westland 30 aircraft took place. The Westland 30 was a British helicopter, whose design was based on the Westland Lynx military helicopter. Although Westland Helicopters provided a market for VIPs, passenger and freight transport and offshore support operations, production remained limited, ending in 1987 after only 41 such helicopters were built.
The first flight of the Aermacchi S-211.
On April 10, 1981, the first flight of the Aermacchi S-211 took place. SIAI-Marchetti S.211 (later Aermacchi S-211) was a turbofan military training aircraft, designed and marketed by the Italian aviation manufacturer SIAI-Marchetti.
SIAI-Marchetti began developing the S-211 in 1976 as a private initiative, announcing its existence the following year. The Singapore Air Force placed the first order for ten aircraft in 1983. About 60 aircraft were sold to the Air Force worldwide. Following Aermacchi's acquisition of SIAI-Marchetti in 1997, it first held the production rights for this type. An extensively redesigned and modernized derivative, the Aermacchi M-345, was developed by Alenia Aermacchi and became operational in 2020.
Air Jamaica has ceased operations.
On April 10, 2010, the Jamaican airline Air Jamaica ceased operations. All services taken over by Caribbean Airlines.
A Polish Air Force plane crashed in Russia.
On April 10, 2010, an aircraft belonging to the Polish Air Force, a Tupolev Tu-154M aircraft carrying Polish President Lech Kaczyński and many other Polish officials, crashed near Smolensk, Russia.