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March 20 in aviation: the first flight of the Boeing 747-8 (747-8I), the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft reached the record of one million hours flown.

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On March 20, 1937, pilot Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world. The test ended dramatically when the starboard tire of his plane, a Lockheed Electra aircraft, exploded during takeoff in Honolulu, Hawaii. Due to the damage, the expedition was temporarily abandoned. The first stage - from Oakland (California) to Honolulu (Hawaii) on March 17, was completed in 16 hours, setting an east / west record.

Amelia-Earhart

Other aviation events on March 20.

The first flight of the Boeing 747-8 (747-8I).

On March 20, 2011, the first flight of the aircraft took place Boeing 747-8 (747-8I).

Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet) is a four-engine passenger plane, for long and very long-haul flights, of large and very large capacity produced by the American company Boeing. It is a widebody. For 35 years (1970-2005), Jumbo Jet held the record for the largest passenger aircraft in the world, a record broken by the Airbus A380 with its entry into commercial service. 

American Airlines Flight 711 hit the ground during the landing.

On March 20, 1950, American Airlines Flight 711, a Convair CV-240, hit the ground during a landing in Springfield, Missouri, killing 13 of the 35 passengers on board the aircraft.

A United Arab Airlines flight crashed in Egypt.

On March 20, 1969, the Aswan Ilyushin Il-18 aircraft crashed, a United Arab Airlines flight that crashed while trying to land at Aswan International Airport in Egypt. 100 of the 105 passengers and crew were killed.

The C-17 Globemaster III aircraft reached a record one million flying hours.

On March 20, 2006, the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft reached a record one million hours flown during a military mission, evacuating wounded US troops from Iraq.

Emirates Flight 407 returned to Melbourne Airport immediately after take-off due to a tailstrike.

On 20 March 2009, Emirates Flight 407, an Airbus A340-500 aircraft flying from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Dubai International Airport, returned to Melbourne immediately after take-off due to a tailstrike. No passengers or crew members were injured.

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