On This Day in Aviation History

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1852 – Birth of David Schwarz, Croatian aviation pioneer; he later created the first flyable rigid airship, which was also the first airship with an external hull made entirely of metal.

1928 РHubert Wilkins and  Carl Eielson takes off from Deception Island with a Lockheed Vega for a 10-hour flight and flies over Graham Land, becoming the first Antarctic explorer to discover new land by air.

1932 – First flight of the Romano R-6, a French three-engined transport prototype.

1941 – First combat of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the “Flying Tigers,” when Curtiss P-40s of the 1st and 2nd squadrons intercept 10 unescorted Kawasaki Ki-48 “Lily” bombers raiding Kunming.

1989 – Operation Just Cause, the U.S. invasion of Panama, begins; the Lockheed F-117 A Nighthawk stealth fighter (shown) and the McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopter make their combat debuts.

1992 – Death of Aubrey Beauclerk Ellwood, British World War I fighter ace and senior Royal Air Force commander.

 

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