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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Spencer Bertram Horn, British World War I flying ace.

1917 – William E. Boeing’s Pacific Aero Products Co. is renamed the Boeing Airplane Co.

1944 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-10 (shown), a Soviet single-engine ground attack aircraft.

1956 – Death of James Floyd Smith, early American aviator, aircraft designer and parachute pioneer.

1988 – The U.S. launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.

2002 – A Rockwell Commander 112, a single-engine light plane registered in Switzerland, hits the Pirelli Tower in Milano; the pilot is killed, as are two people inside the building.

Updated: April 18, 2014 — 5:47 PM

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