On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments by

1911 – The U.S. Army sets up its 1st permanent flying school at College Park, Md..

1921 – First flight of the Short Cromarty flying boat, a British biplane prototype patrol craft.

1941 – Birth of Frederick Hamilton “Rick” Hauck, former U.S. Navy aviator and test pilot as well as a NASA astronaut.

1955 – North American Aviation is issued a preliminary contract to build prototypes of the XF-108 long-range interceptor aircraft for the U.S. Air Force; only a mockup (shown) is later built.

1974 – Death of Georgiy Nikanorovich Zhidov, Soviet World War II fighter ace.

2012 – A Bell Boeing MV-22B of the U.S. Marine Corps from USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) crashes near Agadir, Morocco, during a joint training exercise; two Marines are killed, two others are seriously injured, and the aircraft is lost.

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