On This Day in Aviation History

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1923 – First glider flight in the Soviet Union is made by Konstantin Konstantinovich Artseulov.

1942 – The third of the “Thousand Bomber Raids” of the Royal Air Force is mounted against Bremen; the raid, boasting more than 950 aircraft, marks the last operational sortie of the Avro Manchester, the unsuccessful forerunner of the widely admired Avro Lancaster.

1942 – Birth of Richard Stephen “Steve” Ritchie, U.S. Air Force pilot and first USAF ace of the Vietnam War.

1955 – First flight of the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer (shown), a British STOL transport.

1961 – Death of John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, Canadian aviation pioneer, the first Canadian to be issued a pilot’s licence and the 19th lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia.

2007 – PMTair Flight 241, an Antonov An-24B, crashes on approach to Sihanoukville International Airport in Cambodia, killing all 22 aboard.

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