On This Day in Aviation History

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1893 – Birth of Romolo Ticconi, Italian World War I flying ace.

1917 – Canada-born Lt. Col. William Avery ‘Billy’ Bishop, scores his first combat victory over an Albatros D II single-seat fighter while flying a Nieuport XVII; he later becomes the top Canadian ace of the war with 72 victories.

1944 – A British twin-engined aircraft makes its first landing on an aircraft carrier when Royal Navy Chief Naval Test Pilot Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown lands a navalized de Havilland Mosquito VI on the British carrier HMS Implacable.

1950 – A Mandated Air Lines Lockheed 414-08 Hudson IVA crashes into a house while trying to make an emergency landing back at Law-Nadzab Airport in Papua, New Guinea.

1971 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-76 (TD variant shown), a Russian multi-purpose strategic airlifter.

2001 – Death of Ernest Brian Trubshaw, notable test pilot and the first British pilot to fly the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde.

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