On This Day in Aviation History

May 19, 2014 No Comments by

1891 – Birth of Oswald Boelcke, German World War I German flying ace and one of the most influential patrol leaders and tacticians during the early years of air combat.

1918 – South African World War I fighter ace Andrew Frederick Weatherby “Proccy” Beauchamp-Proctor scores five victories with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a.

1924 – The first aerial circumnavigation of Australia is completed by an Royal Australian Air Force crew in a Fairey IIID.

1946 – First flight of the Handley Page Marathon (shown).

1949 – A JRM Mars sets a record of 308 for the largest number of people to be carried on a single aircraft.

2001 – Death of Alexey Petrovich Maresyev, Soviet World War II fighter ace who flew half of the war with both legs amputated below the knees.

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