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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1871 – Birth of Carlo Maria Piazza, Italian early aviator.

1912 – A Wright B Flyer, designated S.C. No. 7, is used to make the first flight of an American military airplane outside the continental U.S. when it is flown in the Philippines.

1918 – Germany launches Operation Michael; in the initial attack against the British front west of St. Quentin, the German Army Air Service sends 1,680 aircraft into battle.

1935 – First flight of the Loire 210, a French single-seat, catapult-launched fighter seaplane.

1943 – Death of Cornelia Clark Fort (shown), American aviator in the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS); she dies in a Vultee BT-13 Valiant during a mid-air collision, becoming the first female pilot in American history to die on active duty.

1996 – Tupolev and NASA begin joint research into civil supersonic transports using a refurbished Tupolev Tu-144.

Updated: March 21, 2014 — 2:54 PM

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