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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Gilbert Marie de Guingand, French World War I flying ace.

1939 – First flight of the Short S.26 G-class (shown), a British four-engined flying boat.

1941 – More than 190 Luftwaffe bombers attack the Soviet capital of Moscow for the first time.

1951 – A Canadian Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-4 departs Vancouver, B.C., for Anchorage, Alaska, but disappearsen route without a trace; eventually, all 37 aboard will be declared legally dead.

1996 – Death of John Kevin Moorhouse, British test pilot; he died in the crash of a de Havilland Mosquito during an air show in England.

2011 – STS-135, the last mission of NASA orbiter Atlantis, is back on Earth; it is the final voyage of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

Updated: July 21, 2014 — 7:26 PM

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