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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – The U.S. Navy contracts with the Connecticut Aircraft Co. for its first airship, DN-1 (shown).

1936 – First flight of the Miles Whitney Straight M.11, a two-seat light aircraft with a side-by-side cockpit configuration.

1940 – The Allies lose 110 aircraft – 70 British Fairey Battles and Bristol Blenheims and forty French planes – on one day in a disastrous attempt to bomb bridges over the River Meuse.

1952 – Birth of Donald Ray McMonagle, former U.S. Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut.

2010 – Death of Stelio Frati, Italian mechanical engineer and airplane designer; his best-known designs are the Falco F8L and the Aermacchi SF.260.

2012 – After aborting its landing at Jomsom Airport in Nepal, an Agni Air Dornier Do 228 strikes a hillside with its wing while attempting a go-around and crashes, killing 15 of the 21 people aboard.

Updated: May 14, 2014 — 3:27 PM

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