On This Day in Aviation History

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1898 – Birth of Maurice Lea Cooper, Irish World War I flying ace.

1933 – First flight of the Northrop XFT (shown), an American prototype monoplane equipped with a single engine.

1941 – U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Buzz Wagner becomes the first U.S. ace of the war.

1970 – Airbus Industrie is formally established to develop the Airbus A300; it is comprised of Aérospatiale, Deutsche Airbus, Fokker and Hawker Siddeley.

1982 – Death of Hans-Ulrich Rudel, noted German dive-bomber pilot and the most highly decorated German serviceman of World War II.

1995 – Trans Service Airlift Lockheed L-188C Electra crashes shortly after takeoff from Jamba Airport, Angola, killing 141 of the passengers and crew.

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