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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1784 – The first balloon flight made in Italy takes place from the grounds of a villa owned by Chevalier Paul Andreani near Milanand uses a modified hot air design built by brothers Charles and Augustin Gerli.

1897 – Birth of Samuel Marcus Kinkead, South African World War I fighter ace; he would later serve in southern Russia and the Middle East postwar.

1941 – First flight of the Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant (shown), a large German cargo glider.

1960 – A U.S. Navy Douglas R6D-1 (DC-6A), carrying members of the Navy Band to Brazil, collides in mid-air over Guanabara Bay with a Real Transportes Aéreos Douglas DC-3, killing 61; three aboard the Navy transport survive.

1970 – TWA becomes the first airline to fly a jumbo jet within the U.S. when it inaugurates Boeing 747 service between Los Angeles and New York.

1986 – A small fleet of U.S. military helicopters evacuates deposed President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos and his entourage from Manila to Clark Air Force Base. The following day, he goes into exile in Hawaii.

Updated: February 25, 2014 — 1:44 PM

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