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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Thomas Charles Richmond Baker, Australian Word War I flying ace.

1916 – Eight German Zeppelins raid the east coast of England, causing 39 casualties.

1925 – First flight of the Douglas C-1 (shown), American transport biplane.

1926 – Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole.

1970 – Death of Arturo Merino Benítez, Chilean aviator; he founded both the Chilean Air Force and LAN Chile, the national airline.

1998 – The 100th and final Rockwell B-1B Lancer was delivered to the U.S. Air Force.

Updated: May 2, 2014 — 3:09 PM

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