Events for Tuesday 20th June 2017


On This Day in History

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First flight of the first liquid-fuelled rocket aircraft

20th June 1939

The Heinkel He 176 was a German rocket-powered aircraft. It was the world’s first aircraft to be propelled solely by a liquid-fuelled rocket, making its first powered flight on 20 June 1939 with Erich Warsitz at the controls.

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The First Jet Pilot
(Hardback - 176 pages)
by Lutz Warsitz

On 27 August 1939, Flugkapitan Erich Warsitz became the first man to fly a jet aircraft, the Heinkel He 178 and in June of the same year he flew the first liquid-fuel rocket aircraft, the Heinkel He 176. His legendary flying skills enabled him to assist the pioneering German aircraft… Read more...

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