On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 01, 2014 No Comments by

1918 – Death of Fred Everest Banbury, Canadian World War I flying ace.

1920 – Birth of Cesare Di Bert, Italian World War II fighter pilot.

1931 – Charles William Anderson Scott takes off in his DH.60 Moth from Lympne for an England–Australia solo flight record to Darwin.

1940 – First flight of the Grumman XF5F Skyrocket (shown), a prototype twin-engine shipboard fighter.

1976 – Piper’s 100,000th airplane, a PA31T Cheyenne II, is rolled out from the company’s Lock Haven, Pa., plant.

2008 – The Royal Air Force celebrates its 90th birthday with a flypast of the Red Arrows and four Eurofighter Typhoons over many RAF stations and Central London.

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