April 13 in aviation: the first non-stop flight over the Atlantic; the first flight of the Sukhoi Su-34.

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On April 13, 1928, the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic, from east to west, took place. It was performed by Hermann Köhl, Baron Gunther von Hunefeld and Major James Fitzmaurice (pilot) in a Junkers W.33 aircraft called Bremen.

After weather delays of 17 days, the aircraft left Baldonnel Airport, don Ireland, on April 12, with a crew of three men, arriving on Greenly Island, Canada, on April 13. The owner, Ehrenfried Günther Freiherr von Hünefeld, a wealthy German aristocrat, and the pilot of the aircraft, Captain Hermann Köhl, made another attempt in 1927, but had to abandon it due to bad weather. For this new attempt, they were joined by a third member of the crew, the Irish navigator, Major James Fitzmaurice.

The aircraft belongs to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and is currently on display in the hangar at the Bremen Airport Museum, where it has been completely restored.

Junkers-W33-Bremen
Photo source: Wikipedia

Other aviation events on April 13.

An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 exploded.

On April 13, 1970, an oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 exploded, putting the crew in great danger.

Landing Space Shuttle Challenger STS-41-C.

On April 13, 1984, the Space Shuttle Challenger STS-41-C landed at 13:38:07 UTC Edwards AFB. The highlights of the mission were the Solar Max service (the first satellite rescue by astronauts), but also the implementation of the LDEF.

The first flight of the Sukhoi Su-34.

On April 13, 1990, the first flight of the Sukhoi Su-34 took place. Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO name: Fullback) is a medium-range, supersonic, twin-engine / bomber aircraft of Soviet origin. It first flew to the Soviet Air Force in 1990 and entered service in 2014 with the Russian Air Force.

Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 836 flew over the runway at Rendani Airport.

On 13 April 2010, Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 836, operated by a Boeing 737-300 (PK-MDF) aircraft, crossed the runway at Rendani Airport in Manokwari, Indonesia. All 103 passengers on board the aircraft, as well as the crew members, escaped with their lives.

Lion Air 904 flight lands forcibly.

On April 13, 2013, Lion Air 904, a Boeing 737-8GP, forcibly landed 0.6 nautical miles (1.1 km) from the runway on its way to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Indonesia. All the passengers on board the aircraft survived, with 22 people being slightly injured.

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