On This Day in Aviation History

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1890 – Birth of Robert Joseph Delannoy, French World War I flying ace who also served in World War II.

1930 – Death of Raoul Stojsavljevic, Austro-Hungarian WWI flying ace; an airliner pilot who founded and directed the new Innsbruck airport, he is killed inthe crash of his Junkers F.13.

1930 – First non-stop east-west crossing by a fixed-wing aircraft of the North Atlantic is done by French Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte; they land their Breguet Super Bidon “Point d’Interrogation” in New York, flying a distance of 3,900 miles from Paris.

1949 – First flight of the de Havilland DH 112 Venom, a British postwar single-engined jet fighter-bomber developed from the de Havilland Vampire.

1958 – A U.S. Air Force Lockheed C-130A Hercules is shot down by a quartet of Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17s over Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission; all crew members are killed.

2010 – A NASA Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk (shown), a large unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), successfully flies into Hurricane Earl.

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