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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Hans Joachim Wolff, German World War I flying ace.

1918 – Lt. David Ingalls claims his fifth victory, becoming the only U.S. Navy ace of World War I.

1942 – First flight of the Canadian-built de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito (shown), a British multi-role combat aircraft.

1966 – Marina Solovyeva sets a new women’s airspeed record of 1,270 mph in a Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-76.

1975 – Death of René Thomas, French motor racing champion and pioneer aviator; he was one of the first two pilots involved in a mid-air collision.

1987 – A Panavia Tornado F3 makes the first non-stop, un-refueled crossing of the Atlantic by a British jet fighter; the sortie covers 2,200 nautical miles in 4 hours, 45 min.

Updated: September 24, 2014 — 11:29 PM

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