On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments by

1898 – Birth of Indra Lal Roy, first Indian World War I flying ace.

1943 – More than 100 German Junkers Ju 88 bombers bomb the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinking numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.

1968 – Wien Consolidated Airlines Flight 55, a Fairchild F-27B, crashes into Pedro Bay, Alaska; all 39 passengers and crew on board perish.

1976 – First flight of the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (fleet shown), an ex-American Airlines jumbo jet adapted to carry the Space Shuttle.

1986 – An Air France Concorde returns to Paris after an 18-day around the world trip with 94 passengers.

2011 – Death of Henry Lafont, French World War II fighter pilot and last surviving French veteran of the Battle of Britain; he stayed in the French Air Force until 1966 and was director of the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.

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