1907 – Douglas Corrigan, an American pilot later known as “Wrong Way” for his New York-Ireland flight in a Curtiss Robin, is born.
1926 – Spanish Dornier Do J Wal flying boat “Plus Ultra” takes off from Palos de la Frontera, in Huelva, Spain, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the first trans-Atlantic flight between Spain and South America.
1943 – Death of Edmond Eugene Henri Caillaux, a World War I ace of the French Air Service.
1952 – American Airlines Flight 6780, a Convair CV-240, crashes on approach to Newark, N.J., into dwellings in Elizabeth, N.J., killing 30 and leading to the Doolittle Commission recommendation for laws coordinating urban zoning to keep airport approach paths clear.
1969 – The U. S. 9th Marine Regiment begins Operation Dewey Canyon – an operation dependent completely on helicopters — in South Vietnam’s Da Krong Valley. It will conclude on March 19, rated as the 9th Marines’ most successful operation (and the Corps final major operation) of the Vietnam War.
1971 – A U.S. Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion sets a distance record of 7,010 miles for an aircraft in its class.