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April 21 in aviation: the first news filmed from the air; Sukhoi Superjet 100 made the first commercial flight

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On April 21, 1914, the first news item was filmed from the air by cameraman BC Hucks, who was working on Warwick Bioscope Chronicle Film in England. It flew to an altitude of 400 meters from the royal yacht, aboard Prince George, crossing the English Channel from Dover, England, to Calais, France.

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Photo source: Wikipedia

Other aviation events on April 21.

Douglas F5D Skylancer's first flight.

On April 21, 1956, the first flight of the Douglas F5D Skylancer, a developed model of the F4D Skyray fighter aircraft for the United States Navy, took place. Starting with the F4D-2N, a version of the Skyray, the design was modified to take full advantage of the extra traction of the Pratt & Whitney J57 engines eventually mounted on the Skyray instead of the Westinghouse J40, as originally planned.

United Airlines Flight 736 collided with a US Air Force aircraft.

On April 21, 1958, United Airlines Flight 736, a Douglas DC-7, collided near Las Vegas, Nevada, with a U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft, an F-100 Super Saber, which was in a training mission. All 47 passengers on board the plane and the two crew members of the F-100 plane were killed.

Philippine Airlines Flight 215 exploded in the air.

On April 21, 1970, Philippine Airlines Flight 215, a Hawker Siddeley HS 748, exploded in the air and crashed 121 km north of Manila. All 36 people on board the aircraft were killed. The reason for the accident is still unclear, but a terrorist bomb attack was suspected.

The Apollo 16 spacecraft landed on the moon.

On April 21, 1972, the Apollo 16 spacecraft landed on the moon. Apollo 16 was NASA's fifth mission in which humans went to the lunar surface and returned to Earth.

Flight 7815 Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines crashed in the Philippines.

On April 21, 2010, Flight 7815 Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines, operated by an Antonov An-12 (UR-AN216), crashed near Clark International Airport (formerly Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) in the Philippines after a plane crashed. fire while the aircraft was in flight. Three of the six crew members were killed.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 made the first commercial flight.

April 21, 2011 - Sukhoi Superjet 100, the first airliner developed from start to finish in post-Soviet Russia, made its first commercial flight. The aircraft, belonging to the Armenian airline Armavia, flew from Yerevan, Armenia, to Moscow, Russia.

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