On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 18, 2014 No Comments by

1941 – The first Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses fly into combat, serving with the \ Royal Air Force on a daylight bombing raid from 30,000 feet against Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

1950 – Douglas AD Skyraiders and Vought F4U Corsairs from the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) strike targets near Pyongyang, Korea, then completely destroy an oil refinery at Wonsan; HMS Triumph planes provide a combat air patrol and antisubmarine patrols for Task Force 77 during the strikes.

1958 – Death of Henri Farman, French pilot, aviator and aircraft designer and manufacturer with his brother Maurice Farman.

1966 – Birth of Alberto Nassetti, Italian aviator; he became the first pilot to re-enter service after having a surgical operation to the brain, after the crash of an Airbus A330 he was testing.

1984 – Beverly Lynn Burns (shown), the first female Boeing 747 captain, makes her maiden voyage in that position, commanding People Express N604PE from Newark International Airport to Los Angeles, Calif.

2010 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its first international appearance at the Farnborough Airshow in England.

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