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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Everett Richard Cook, American World War I flying ace, high-ranking officer during World War II and later a director of Eastern Airlines.

1945 – The first Armee de l’Air fighter unit in French Indo-China, GCII/7, is formed at Tan Son Nhut using ex-Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire VIII fighters.

1951 – U.S. Air Force Maj. George Davis shoots down 4 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s in a single day with his North American F-86 Sabre.

1994 – American Eagle Flight 3379, a Jetstream 3, crashes near Raleigh-Durham (N.C.) International Airport; killing 15 people. The probable cause of the crash is later revealed to be improper procedures during an engine-out emergency.

2003 – First flight of the Guizhou JL-9 (shown), a People’s Republic of China 2-seat fighter-trainer.

2003 – Death of Frank Neubert, German World War II dive bomber pilot; he is believed to have been the first victor in aerial combat of that war.

Updated: December 13, 2013 — 10:29 AM

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