On This Day in Aviation History

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1896 – Birth of Henry William Allingham, British World War I pilot and engineer; he became the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and the last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

1917 – Raymond “Collie” Collishaw, Canadian World War I fighter ace, scores 3 Albatross D.III kills with his Sopwith Triplane in a single mission.

1932 – First flight of the Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta (shown), a  British four-engine airliner.

1944 – A huge airborne armada, nine planes wide and 200 miles long, carries American and British troops across the British Channel for the D-Day invasion of Europe.

1971 – A midair collision between a Hughes Airwest Douglas DC-9 and a U.S. Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II near Duarte, Calif., claims 50 lives; the Phantom’s radar intercept officer successfully bails out.

1991 – Death of William Terry Badham, American World War I flying ace; he also served as a brigadier general with the 8th Air Force in England and the Middle East in World War II.

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