On This Day in Aviation History

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1914 – Birth of Hans “Assi” Hahn, German World War II flying ace.

1927 – George Raymond Henderson establishes a world altitude record of 22,178 feet for Class C-2 seaplanes with a useful load.

1962 – First flight of the Bristol 188 (shown), a British supersonic research aircraft nicknamed “The Flying Pencil.”

1994 – U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles shoot down two U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawks over Iraq, misidentifying them as Iraqi Mil Mi-25s.

2001 – Death of František Hanovec, Slovak World War II flying ace who served on the Eastern Front with the Axis forces.

2004 – Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815, an Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, crashes on approach to Manaus, Brazil, killing all 33.

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