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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Christian Frank Schilt, one of the first U.S. Marine Corps aviators who served in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

1910 – Orville Wright begins training students in Montgomery, Ala., at a site that later becomes Maxwell Air Force Base.

1954 – First flight of the Auster AOP.9 (shown), a British military air observation aircraft.

1964 – Geraldine “Jerrie” Fredritz Mock takes off from Columbus, Ohio, in a Cessna 180 for a solo round-the-world flight. She becomes the first woman to make such a journey.

1969 – The first scheduled jet air service inside the Arctic Circle begins as Nordair inaugurates a weekly return service between Montreal and Cornwallis Island, Canada.

2011 – French Air Force aircraft make the first attacks of the military intervention in Libya, striking Libyan government armored vehicles south of Benghazi during the Second Battle of Benghazi. U.S. Air Force Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit bombers, American fighters and Royal Air Force aircraft go into action later in the day, striking Libyan government ground forces and air defense sites.

Updated: March 19, 2014 — 3:06 PM

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