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April 17 in aviation: a Sikorsky CH-53D flew between London and Paris; FedEX delivered the first package.

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On April 17, 1886, Glenn L. Martin was born, an American aviation pioneer and founder of Glenn L. Martin.

He designed and built his own aircraft, being an active pilot and holder of several aviation records. He founded his own aircraft company in 1912, which, through several mergers, became the company now known as Lockheed Martin.

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Other aviation events on April 17.

The first flight of the North 3202.

On April 17, 1957, the first flight of the Nord 3202 aircraft took place, a French military aircraft from the 1950s designed and built by Nord Aviation to meet the requirements of the French army for a two-seater basic training aircraft, as a replacement for the Stampe biplane. SV.4. In total, 101 examples were built.

Soyuz 4 is back on Earth.

On April 17, 1969, Soyuz 4 returned to Earth.

A Sikorsky CH-53D helicopter flew between London and Paris.

On April 17, 1970, a Sikorsky CH-53D helicopter flew between London and Paris to demonstrate that modern helicopters can provide reliable services between cities.

The Apollo 13 space station has returned to Earth.

On April 17, 1970, the Apollo 13 space station and the three astronauts returned safely to Earth after suffering an explosion on their way to the moon.

FedEX delivered the first package.

On April 17, 1973, the Federal Express (FedEX) delivered the first package.

The first flight of the PZL-106 Kruk.

On April 17, 1973, the first flight of the PZL-106 Kruk (English: Raven) took place, a Polish agricultural aircraft designed and built by WSK PZL Warszawa-Okęcie (later PZL "Warszawa-Okęcie" and now EADS-PZL) .

CP Air began its first service with a Boeing 737 aircraft.

On April 17, 1985, CP Air began its first service with a Boeing 737 Series A 300 (C-FCPG) aircraft, when the plane flew from Vancouver to Winnipeg and Toronto.

Launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-90.

On April 17, 1998, the Columbia STS-90 Space Shuttle was launched at 14:19 EDT. The highlight of the mission was the launch mission of Spacelab.

Flight Mimika Air 514 crashed in Indonesia.

On April 17, 2009, Mimika Air 514, operated by Pilatus PC-6 PK-LTJ, crashed on Mount Gergaji in Indonesia, killing all ten people on board the aircraft.

An aircraft belonging to TAROM suffered a minor accident near Iasi.

On April 17, 2009, an aircraft belonging to TAROM, an ATR 42-500 (YR-ATA), suffered an accident when it hit a bird, near Iasi International Airport, in Romania. A large hole in the front of the aircraft resulted. No passengers were injured, and the pilot was able to land the aircraft safely.

Space Shuttle Discovery has been moved to Dallas Airport.

On April 17, 2012, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, accompanied by a T-38 Talon tracking aircraft of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), transported Space Shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral, Florida) to the Airport Washington Dulles International (Dulles, Virginia). Here, Discovery replaced the Space Shuttle Enterprise, which was on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near the Smithsonian Institution, part of the National Air and Space Museum. The "delivery" flight included low-altitude flights over the Cape Canaveral area, as well as flights at an altitude of over 1.500 feet (457 meters) over landmarks in the Washington DC area.

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