On This Day in Aviation History

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1832 – Birth of Thaddeus Lowe, American Civil War aeronaut.

1910 – First U.S. Army experiments with firing a rifle from an airplane takes place when Lt. Jacob Earl Fickel conducts firing trials from a Curtiss biplane piloted by Glenn Curtiss himself.

1935 – Boeing’s prototype B-17 Flying Fortress, designated the Model 299 (shown above), with Boeing chief test pilot Leslie Tower at the controls, flew from Seattle to Wright Field in Ohio, taking just over nine hours at an average cruising speed of 252 mph.

1944 – A U.S. Boeing B-29 Superfortress named “Cait Paomat” is damaged by anti-aircraft gunfire during a raid on the Yawata Iron Works in Japan and forced to divert to Soviet Union. It was not returned and used in the Tupolev Tu-4 Bull bomber development effort.

1963 – First flight of the British Aircraft Corp. One-Eleven, also known as the BAC-111, BAC-1-11 or BAC 1-11, a British short-range jet airliner.

2008 – Death of Ed W. “Too Tall” Freeman, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient.

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