On This Day in Aviation History

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1918 – The Imperial German Navy recommissions the light cruiser Stuttgart after her conversion into a seaplane carrier; she is the only German seagoing aviation ship capable of working with the fleet commissioned during either world war.

1923 – Birth of Lars Paul Erich Hattinen, Finnish World War II flying ace and airline pilot.

1957 – First flight of the Saunders-Roe SR.53 (shown), a prototype interceptor aircraft of mixed jet and rocket propulsion developed for the Royal Air Force.

1982 – Death of Russell Fern McRae, Canadian World War I flying ace.

1992 – The 2,000th Lockheed C-130 Hercules rolls off the production line.

2013 – Nepal Airlines Flight 555, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, skids off the runway at Jomsom Airport in Nepal and falls 65 feet into the Gandaki River; all 21 people on board survive.

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