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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Birth of Charles Goujon, French World War II fighter pilot and test pilot.

1915 – A Burgess H biplane (No. 28) sets a world endurance record for a pilot and two passengers by remaining in the air for 7 hours, 5 minutes; the plane had been modified by Grover C. Loening at the army training school in San Diego.

1927 – First flight of the Fokker F.VIII (or F.8), a Dutch large twin-engined airliner (U.S. Army C-2 variant shown).

1953 – A Royal Air Force Avro Lincoln of the Central Gunnery School is shot down 20 miles northeast of Lüneburg, Germany, by a Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 enroute to Berlin on a training flight, resulting in the deaths of the seven crew members.

1966 – Death of Sir Sydney Camm, English aeronautical engineer who contributed to many Hawker aircraft designs, from the biplanes of the 1920s to jet fighters.

2010 – Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771, an Airbus A330, crashes on approach 980 yards short of Runway 09 at Tripoli International Airport; only one person of 104 aboard survives.

Updated: March 12, 2014 — 12:53 PM

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