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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Oliver Campbell Bryson, British World War I flying ace; he was one of the British aviators ordered to Russia in 1919 to support the White Army in its counter-revolution against the Bolsheviks. Bryson served in the Royal Air Force until 1943.

1930 – Eddie August Henry Schneider, flying a Scarab-powered Cessna, sets a east-to-west U.S. junior transcontinental record of 29 hours and 55 minutes in four days from Westfield, N.J.,  to Los Angeles, Calif.

1945 – In the last World War II Japanese combat mission, fighter ace Sadamu Komachi attacks two Consolidated B-32 Dominators on a photo-reconnaissance mission over Tokyo; only one B-32 was damaged but returned to base.

1965 – First flight of the Kamov Ka-26 (ag version shown), a Soviet light utility helicopter with co-axial rotors.

1988 – Death of Alexandr Vladimirovich Shchukin, Russian air force pilot and civilian Buran test pilot; he is killed in the crash of a Sukhoi Su-26M aerobatic plane at Zhukovsky Air Base near Moscow.

2012 – Suffering engine trouble, an Aviatour Air Piper PA-34 Seneca I crashes in the sea off Masbate in the Philippines, killing three of the four people on board and injuring the lone survivor; among the dead is Philippine Secretary of the Interior Jesse Robredo.

Updated: August 18, 2014 — 6:09 PM

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