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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – Death of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace, killed in the crash of his Bristol F.2 after an engine failure on take off.

1928 – First flight of the Bristol Bullpup (shown); only the prototype of this British biplane, derived from the company’s Bulldog, is built.

1956 – Birth of Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Hugh Moran, commonly known as Sir Chris Moran; Royal Air Force jet pilot and a senior commander.

1967 – U.S. aircraft maker Douglas Aircraft Co. merges with the McDonnell Co. to form McDonnell Douglas, one of the world’s largest aerospace manufacturers and defense contractors.

1977 – An Aviateca Convair 240 crashes near Guatemala City, Guatemala, after number one engine suffered a failure due to oil exhaustion; the crew is unable to feather the propeller and an attempted emergency landing in rough terrain kills all 28 people aboard.

2005 – Boeing delivers its last 757 passenger twin-jet, concluding a 23-year production run; it is the 1,050th 757.

Updated: April 28, 2014 — 12:47 PM

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