On This Day in Aviation History

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1890 – Birth of Gottfried von Banfield, most successful Austro-Hungarian WWI naval aeroplane pilot, known as the ‘Eagle of Trieste.’ He may have been the only flying ace who flew a flying boat to five or more victories.

1933 – Jim Mollison flies a de Havilland Puss Moth from the United Kingdom to Brazil, via Senegal, across the South Atlantic. He becomes the first person to fly solo across the North and South Atlantic oceans.

1946 – TWA makes its first international flight, from New York to Paris.

1968 – First flight of the Canadair CF-5 (officially designated the CF-116 Freedom Fighter), the Canadair licensed-built version of the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter.

1983 – Death of Cyril Nelson ‘Kit’ Lowe, British World War I flying ace, international rugby player and supposedly the inspiration for W.E. Johns’ character “Biggles.”

1992 – A Kentucky Air National Guard Lockheed C-130B Hercules of the 165th Tactical Airlift Squadron stalls and crashes into a restaurant and hotel while practicing touch and go maneuvers at the Evansville, Ind., airport. All five crew members and nine people on the ground were killed. Several others were injured.

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