On This Day in Aviation History

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1899 – Birth of Cecil Frederick King, British World War I fighter ace.

1917 – The first recorded casualty evacuation flight is carried out by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) when a wounded trooper of the Imperial Camel Corps is flown from Bir-el-Hassana in the Sinai Desert to an airfield; a three-day journey by land, the flight takes less than an hour.

1918 – The Dornier Rs.III (shown), a German four-engined monoplane flying boat, sets off for 7-hour non-stop delivery flight from Friedrichshafen to Norderney, an island off Germany’s North Sea coast.

1965 – First flight of the Cessna 188, an American light agricultural aircraft.

1965 – Lufthansa signs up as the first customer for the forthcoming Boeing 737

1991 – Iraqi antiaircraft artillery shoots down a U. S. Air Force Fairchild Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II airborne forward air control aircraft over Kuwait.

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