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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Paul Engelhard makes the first flight in Switzerland, flying a Wright biplane from a frozen lake at St. Moritz.

1914 – Edward O’Hare, American pilot, is born; he was an aviator of the U.S. Navy who became the service’s first flying ace in 1942 and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II.

1928 – The first Canadian woman to become a licensed pilot was Eileen Volick, passing her private pilot’s license in Hamilton, Ont.

1951 – Qantas begins a survey flight from Rose Bay, Sydney, to Valparaiso, Chile, with a Consolidated PBY Catalina (VH–ASA); it is the first air crossing of the South Pacific.

1961 – McDonnell delivers the last of 807 F-101 Voodoos to the U.S. Air Force.

1992 – Two Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses fly to Ryanzan Air Base near Moscow in exchange for a visit to the U.S. by three Russian-built bombers: a pair of Tupolev TU-95 Bears and a TU-160 Blackjack (shown above) from the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Updated: March 13, 2013 — 10:11 AM

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