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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Ensign John McNamara makes the first U.S. Navy attack on a submarine.

1926 – Willy Messerschmitt, a graduate of Munich Technical College and already an experienced designer of light aircraft and sailplanes, forms the Messerschmitt aircraft company.

1928 – Jim Lovell, American astronaut, was born. James “Jim” Arthur Lovell, Jr., is most famous as the commander of Apollo 13, which suffered an explosion en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth.

1955 – First flight of the Vought F-8 Crusader (shown above).

1993 – The first woman Concorde pilot makes her first flight as first officer of the daily supersonic London-New York route. British-born Barbara Harmer is one of only 17 co-pilots in the British Airways Concorde fleet.

2006 – A revolutionary scramjet jet engine, dubbed the Hyshot III and designed to fly at seven times the speed of sound, is successfully tested at Woomera, South Australia.

Updated: March 25, 2013 — 3:05 PM

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