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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – At Brooklands, Hilda Hewlett became the first woman in the UK to earn a pilot’s licence when she received certificate No.122 from the Royal Aero Club.

1913 – Birth of Bruno Dilley, German World War II dive bomber pilot and high-ranking officer post-World War II; he later performs the first bombing raid of WWII.

1929 – The German airship LZ 127 “Graf Zeppelin” (shown) completes its global circumnavigation at Lakehurst, N.J.

1948 – First flight of the Piaggio P.136, Italian twin-engine amphibian flying-boat, with an all-metal hull, pusher propellers, a gull wing, and retractable landing gear.

1975 – Death of Angel María Zuloaga, early Argentinian aviation pioneer and record setter.

1996 – Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801, a Tupolev Tu-154M, crashes into a mountain on Spitsbergen, Norway, killing 141 people.

Updated: August 29, 2014 — 4:00 PM

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