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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Clive Wilson Warman, American World War I flying ace and sole American winner of the British Distinguished Service Order.

1942 – Launch of Operation Millennium, the first Allied 1,000-bomber raid; Cologne, Germany, is the target and is struck with 1,455 tons of explosives, two-thirds of which are incendiary.

1948 – First flight of the Martin P5M Marlin, U.S. twin-engined flying boat; it is considered the evolutionary successor to the PBM Mariner.

1961 – Viasa Flight 897, a Douglas DC-8, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal shortly after takeoff from Portela Airport killing all 61 aboard.

1978 – Death of Karl Hermann Gotthard Handrick, German flying ace during the Spanish Civil War and World War II.

2008 – Silverjet, a British all-business class airline, ceases operations.

Updated: May 30, 2014 — 11:17 AM

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