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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1881 – William T. Piper, Sr., founder of what became the Piper Aircraft Corp., is born in Knapps Creek, N.Y.

1945 – The Mitsubishi J8M1 rocket-fighter makes its first flight in Hyakurigahara, Japan.

1964 – Air Force Cross posthumously awarded to Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., the only causality of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

1982 – The Airbus A300 becomes the world’s first wide-bodied airliner to be certified for operation by a flight crew of two.

Updated: January 8, 2013 — 4:52 PM

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