On This Day in Aviation History

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1919 – First flight of the Avro Baby, a British single-seat light sporting biplane.

1957 – Birth of Duane Gene “Digger” Carey, a U.S. Air Force strike, fighter and test pilot and former NASA astronaut.

1969 – The first woman airline pilot in the West, Turi Widerose of Norway, makes her first scheduled flight as a first officer for Scandinavian Airlines.

1973 – Death of Georges Charles Marie François Flachaire, French World War I flying ace.

1982 – Operation Black Buck begins when the first of seven extremely long-range attack missions by Royal Air Force Avro Vulcan bombers (shown) from RAF Ascension Island strike Argentine positions in the Falkland Islands.

2006 – Song, a low-cost airline within an airline brand owned and operated by Delta Air Lines, makes its final flight from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport to Orlando, Fla.

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