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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1882 – Birth of Raymonde de Laroche (born Elise Raymonde Deroche), French aviatrix and the first woman in the world to receive an airplane pilot’s license.

1916 – Austro-Hungarian World War I aces Julius Arigi and Johann Lasi score their first five victories, in a Hansa-Brandenburg C.I, on a single mission.

1951 – The USS Essex (CV-9) joins Task Force 77 off the northeast coast of Korea; embarked aboard her is Fighter Squadron 172 (VF-172), equipped with F2H-2 Banshee fighters. It is the first deployment of the Banshee to a war zone.

1952 – First flight of the Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess (shown), a British six-engined flying boat; at the time, it is one of the largest aircraft in existence.

1965 – Death of John Lankester Parker, British aviator and chief test pilot for Short Brothers.

2006 – Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612, a Tupolev Tu-154M, crashes near the Russian border over eastern Ukraine, killing all 170 people on board.

Updated: August 22, 2014 — 12:23 PM

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