This Day in History :: 13 November
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13 November 2011 : The Dubai-based airline Emirates orders 50 Boeing 777 airliners worth about US$18,000,000,000 – The largest order in terms of commercial value in Boeing’s history – with an option to purchase 20 more 777s for another $8,000,000,000.
13 November 2008 : An Antonov An-12 crashes after takeoff from Al Asad Air Base, killing all 7 crew members. Six members of the crew and one passenger died, three of them were Russians. The crew also consisted of a Belarusian, two Ukrainians and an Indian citizen.
13 November 1993 : China Northern Airlines Flight 6901, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashes on approach to Urümqi Diwopu International Airport, Xinjiang, China; killing 12 of the 102 on board; pilot error is blamed.
13 November 1992 : The famous ‘golf balls’ at RAF Fylingdales were replaced in service by the three sided pyramid structure of the new AN/FPS-115 phased-array radar.
13 November 1992 : First flight of the Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey
13 November 1981 : Ben Abruzzo and crew make the first crossing of the Pacific Ocean by balloon, in the Double Eagle V
13 November 1966 : All Nippon Airways Flight 533, a NAMC YS-11, plunges into Seto Inland Sea after an overrun at Matsuyama Airport, Shikoku, Japan, killing all 50 passengers and crew; this crash is the first loss of a YS-11.
13 November 1958 : Seventh of 13 North American X-10s, GM-19313, c/n 7, on X-10 Drone BOMARC target mission 2, out of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The X-10 flies out over the ocean, then accelerates toward the Cape. However the Bomarc A fails to launch. Autoland is successful, but again the drag chute and landing barrier both fail, and the vehicle burns after overrunning the runway.
13 November 1951 : A USAF Fairchild C-82A-FA Packet, 45-57801, c/n 10171, 'CQ-801', of the 11th Troop Carrier Squadron, 60th Troop Carrier Group, en route from Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany to Bordeaux–Merignac Airport, France, goes off-course due to wind drift, compounded with having received weather briefings for 8,000 feet (2,400 m), but flew at 6,000 feet (1,800 m), hits the side of Mt. Dore in poor weather at ~1300 hrs., 20 miles (32 km) SW of Clermont-Ferrand, France. Six crew and 30 passengers all killed. It was transporting US Army postal workers to set up a military post office at Bordeaux, France. This remains the worst all-time C-82 accident in terms of human loss.
13 November 1950 : The 1950 Tete de l'Obiou C-54 crash: A Curtiss Reid Flying Services-operated C-54 Skymaster crashes 30 mi (48 km) from Grenoble, France on the Tete de l'Obiou mountain; all 52 passengers and crew die.

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