On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments by

1908 – Englishman John Moore-Brabazon makes a flight of 1,350 feet in a Voisin biplane at Issy-les-Moulineaux in France; he is later issued the first British pilot’s license.

1912 – Birth of Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, U.S. Marine Corps World War II fighter ace.

1914 – The German Navy forms its first seaplane unit.

1944 – First flight of the Bristol Brigand (MET.3 version shown), a  British anti-shipping, ground attack and dive bomber aircraft developed as a replacement for the Beaufighter.

1983 – In reprisal to an attack on U.S. military bases in Beirut, 28 U.S. Navy Grumman A-6 Intruders attack suspected terrorist bases in Libya; an Intruder and an LTV A-7 Corsair II are downed by Syrian missiles.

1991 – Pan American World Airways ceases operations; Capt. Mark Pyle pilots “Clipper Goodwill,” a Boeing 727, to Miami International Airport, thus ending 64 years of Pan Am operations.


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