On This Day in Aviation History

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1912 – Englishman Denys Corbett Wilson makes the first aeroplane crossing from Britain to Ireland.

1924 – Birth of William Harry Allen, U.S. Army Air Forces World War II fighter pilot who scored five victories on a single mission.

1939 – First flight of Lockheed Vega Starliner.

1948 – Introduction into service with the U.S. Air Force of the North American B-45 Tornado (shown above), the service’s first operational jet bomber and the first jet aircraft to be refueled in the air.

1983 – Death of Richard Jeffries “Dickie” Dawes, Canadian World War I flying ace.

2008 – The U.S. Air Force retires the remaining Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk aircraft in service.

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