On This Day in Aviation History

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1899 – Birth of Juan Terry Trippe, American airline entrepreneur and pioneer; he founded Pan American World Airways.

1923 – First mid-air refueling between two aircraft occurred between two Airco DH-4B biplanes of the U.S. Army Air Service.

1939 – Hiromichi Shinohara, (known as the Richtofen of the Orient and shown above) the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service, downs 11 planes on a single day while flying a Nakajima Ki-27 during an air battle over Tamsak-Bulak.

1976 – Death of Rear Admiral Clarence Wade McClusky, Jr., U.S. Navy aviator during World War II. He is credited with playing a major part in the Battle of Midway.

1979 – Israeli Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles shoot down four Syrian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21s.

2003 – Air France’s final Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde flight took place to Toulouse.

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