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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – Birth of John C. “Pappy” Herbst, American World War II ace; he became the second highest-scoring fighter pilot in the China-Burma-India Theater.

1932 – Lewis Alonzo Yancey sets an autogyro altitude record of 21,500 feet in a Pitcairn PCA-2.

1959 – A U.S. Navy Martin P5M-2 Marlin, patrolling out of NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., is forced to ditch in the Pacific Ocean, about 100 miles west of the Washington-Oregon border. The Mark 90 nuclear bomb — not fitted with an active warhead — is lost and has never been recovered.

1997 – First flight of the Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut, also designated S-32 and S-37 (shown), a Russian experimental supersonic jet fighter.

1971 – Death of Robert Henry Magnus Spencer Saundby, British World War I fighter pilot and Royal Air Force high-ranking officer during World War II.

2011 – Buddha Air Flight 103, a Beechcraft 1900D, crashes in Nepal while attempting to land in bad weather when returning from a sightseeing service tour; all 19 aboard perish.

Updated: September 25, 2014 — 12:13 PM

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