1894 – Birth of Walter von Bülow-Bothkamp, German World War I fighter ace.
1909 – Wilbur Wright makes five flights in Centocelle, Italy, with King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy present. During one flight, a Universal News Agency cameraman accompanies him and takes the first motion pictures from an airplane in flight.
1944 – The first Boeing B-29 Superfortress arrives in China, beginning the build-up by the U. S. Army Air Forces’ Twentieth Air Force for a strategic bombing offensive against Japan.
1946 – First flight of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9, the Soviet Union’s first jet fighter (shown above).
1992 – A U.S. Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules carrying out an anti-narcotics mission over Peru is attacked by Peruvian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22s.
2005 – Ezer Weizman, seventh president of Israel, commander of the Israeli Air Force and minister of defense, dies; he also was a World War II and Arab-Israeli War fighter pilot.