October 4, 1945 A Douglas C-54 Skymaster from the Army's Air Traffic Control completed the first global flight for a cargo-type aircraft by flying 23,279 miles in 149 hours, 44 minutes, including 33 hours, 21 minutes on the ground by the time it landed in Washington.
October 4, 1946 Col. Clarence S. Irvine flew the B-29 "Pacusan Dreamboat" to a nonstop, unrefueled distance record of 9,500 miles by flying from Honolulu to Cairo, Egypt, in 39 hours, 36 minutes lasting through Oct.6. The flight path took the aircraft over Arctic regions to test crew through hazardous weather and with complicated navigation and communication problems.
October 4, 1949 C-82s dropped an entire field artillery battery by parachute at Fort Bragg, N.C.
October 4, 1957 The Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the world's first artificial space satellite.
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