On This Day in Aviation History

May 20, 2013 No Comments by

1883 – Birth of Jan Kašpar, first Czech aviator, aircraft constructor, designer and engineer.

1917 – A Curtiss H-12 Large America flying boat of the Royal Naval Air Service destroys the first hostile submarine to be sunk by an aircraft without any form of assistance. Flight Sub-Lieutenant C.R. Morrish on a patrol from Felixstowe sighted and attacked the German submarine UC36 on the surface near the North Hinder Light Ship.

1927 – Charles A. Lindbergh takes off from New York in his Ryan monoplane Spirit of St. Louis for a non-stop solo Atlantic crossing.

1946 – A U.S. Army Air Forces C-45F Beechcraft crashed into the north side of Bank of Manhattan Building at 40 Wall Street, New York. The twin-engined plane was heading for Newark Airport on a flight from Louisiana. It struck the 58th floor of the building, killing all five people on board and creating a 20-by-10-foot hole in the masonry.

1955 – Death of Tetsuzo Iwamoto (shown above), a Sino-Japanese War and World War II fighter ace who amassed more than 80 victories for the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force.

1965 – First flight of the de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter, a Canadian 19-passenger STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) utility aircraft.

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