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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Andrew Cameron Kiddie, South African World War I fighter ace.

1910 – The first flight for the purpose of delivering commercial freight occurs in the U.S. between the Ohio cities of Dayton and Columbus; the trip, which takes just over an hour, is flown by Wright Co. pilot Philip Parmalee.

1945 – The first official air speed record by a jet aircraft of 606 mph is set by Royal Air Force Group Capt. H.J. “Willy” Wilson in a Gloster Meteor F.3 (shown above) at Herne Bay in Kent, England.

1950 – British Overseas Airways retires its last flying boat airliner from service.

1983 – Death of Alexander Augustus Norman Dudley “Jerry” Pentland, an Australian World War I fighter ace and early Royal Australian Air Force officer; he also was awarded the Air Force Cross.

2009 – A Russian Navy Tupolev Tu-142 crashes in the Tatar Strait, some 12 miles off Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, during a training flight; all eleven crew of the four-engined derivative of the Tu-95 bomber are presumed dead.

Updated: November 7, 2013 — 12:29 PM

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