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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Birth of Juraj Puškár, Slovak World War II flying ace who served on the Eastern front with the Axis forces.

1936 – Adolf II, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, and his wife are killed in the crash of a Mexican Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor after striking the Popocatépetl volcano in Zumpango, Mexico; all aboard perish.

1956 – First flight of the Temco TT Pinto (shown), an American primary jet trainer.

1971 – The U. S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) is withdrawn from Vietnam, leaving behind only its 3rd Brigade (Reinforced) at Bien Hoa.

1974 – Concorde 101, a UK pre-production model (G-AXDN), sets a speed record of Mach 2.23.

2011 – Five Soko G-2 Galeb fighters and two Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters belonging to Libya, preparing to strike rebel forces in the Az Zintan and Misrata regions, are shot down.

Updated: March 26, 2014 — 2:31 PM

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