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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1882 – Birth of Aurel Vlaicu, Romanian engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot.

1922 – Death of George Edgar Bruce Lawson, South African World War I flying ace; he is killed in a crash while flying as a passenger aboard an Airco DH.9.

1937 – First flight of the Savoia-Marchetti S.83, an Italian three-engine monoplane airliner; it is the civilian version of the Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 bomber.

1956 – The Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF Lockheed F-16D Fighting Falcon shown) is formed.

1998 – A NASA ER-2 research aircraft (a variant of the Lockheed U-2) sets a world record for altitude of 67,190 feet in horizontal flight in the 26,000-to-35,000-pound weight class.

2009 – Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation Flight 3711, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, overruns the runway upon landing at Goma International Airport, suffering substantial damage. The overrun area is contaminated by solidified lava.

Updated: November 19, 2014 — 5:47 PM

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