On This Day in Aviation History

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1784 – The son of a Scottish minister, James Tytler, makes the first manned balloon hop in England when his hot-air device makes a brief uncontrolled ascent with Tytler in the basket to an altitude of a few hundred feet.

1913 – Birth of Yoshio Fukui, Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese flying ace.

1944 – Death of Carlo Faggioni, Italy’s most decorated World War II bomber pilot.

1947 – The first Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak (shown), flown by Major Marion E. Carl of the U.S. Marine Corps, sets a world speed record of 650.797 mph at Muroc Army Air Field, Calif.

1979 – First flight of the Westland 30, a British medium helicopter based on the Westland Lynx.

2012 – A Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Bell 214 crashes in the Western Iran; all three crew, as well as a soldier on board, perish.

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