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HISTORICAL EVENTS

The first crash of a powered airplane

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Lt. Thomas Selfridge
Lt. Thomas Selfridge
-In 1908 the Wrights demonstrated their airplane to the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps at Fort Myer, Virginia. On September 17 of that year, while circling the field at Fort Myer, Orville crashed while carrying an army observer, Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge. Selfridge died from his injuries and became the first fatality from the crash of a powered airplane.
Two years after this accident in the first attempted coast-to-coast flight in the US, a plane flying from New York landed in Pasadena, Ca. after 82 hours and 4 minutes. Nowadays, commercial airplanes travel this distance in 5 hours.

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