On This Day in Aviation History

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1880 – Birth of Pier Ruggero Piccio, Italian World War I fighter ace, high ranking officer and politician before World War II.

1922 – The U.S. Navy conducts the first large-scale torpedo bombing exercises when 18 Naval Aircraft Factory PTs attack three battleships and score eight hits in 25 minutes.

1946 – Geoffrey de Havilland, Jr., is killed when the second de Havilland DH 108 prototype, breaks up in flight, coming down in the Thames near Egypt Bay in England.

1964 – First flight of the BAC TSR.2 (shown above), Cold War-era British bomber that is later cancelled after 23 airplanes are built.

1993 – Death of James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, American aviation pioneer and U.S. Air Force pilot.

2011 – All Nippon Airways makes the first delivery flight of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, from Paine Field, Wash., to Tokyo International Airport.

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