This Day in History :: 18 July
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18 July 2010 : The Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its first international appearance at the Farnborough Airshow, UK.
18 July 2009 : Deceased: British World War I veteran and last surviving founder member of the Royal Air Force, Henry Allingham, 113.
18 July 2009 : An United States Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle from the 336th Fighter Squadron, based at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, flying in support of ISAF coalition operations, crashes in eastern Afghanistan. The two aircrew, Capt. Thomas J. Gramith and Capt. Mark R. McDowell both die in the incident.
18 July 2007 : An Antonov An-24 of Malift Air shortly after taking off from Bandundu, DRC had an engine failure, lost altitude and crashed 8 km from Bandundu. Of the 2 crew and 8 passengers, all survived.
18 July 2006 : A PZL W-3WA Soko? (Polish Air Force) crashes in Air Base in Al Diwaniyah, injuring 4 crew and 3 passengers.
18 July 2005 : A Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet and a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet from NAS Lemoore, California, collide over the China Lake, California, weapons testing ground. The pilot of the E is KWF, while the two crew of F eject with injuries.
18 July 2002 : First flight of the Boeing YAL-1
18 July 2002 : Airtanker crashes: C-130 Hercules and a PB4Y-2 Privateer – crashed about a month apart while performing aerial firefighting operations.
18 July 2000 : First flight of the Dassault AVE-D Petit Duc
18 July 1984 : Beverly Lynn Burns becomes the first female Boeing 747 airline captain, flying PEOPLExpress flight 604 from Newark to LAX. The achievement earned her extensive media attention, congratulatory honors from several local politicians – And even an invitation to President Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration. By the time she retired from Continental in 2008, she had captained the 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 and DC-10.

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