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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – Frenchman Jules Vedrines, in a Blériot monoplane, takes off from Nacy, France, for Cairo, Egypt. The flight will take one month.

1917 – Death of Edward Patrick Hartigan, Irish World War I flying ace, and his observer, David Sidney Hall, a Scottish World War I flying ace; they are killed in action in their Airco DH.4.

1945 – First flight of the Saab 91 Safir (shown), a Swedish single-engine trainer.

1945 – The Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Pacusan Dreamboat” sets a world nonstop distance record of 8,198 miles on a flight from Guam to Washington, D. C.

1968 – Birth of James Patrick “Mash” Dutton Jr., U.S. Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut.

2007 – A Royal Air Force HC.1 Puma crashes in an urban area during a covert mission over Baghdad; two troopers from the 22 Special Air Service Regiment perish and two are injured. The remaining seven SAS and three RAF personnel survive the impact and are later rescued.

 

Updated: November 20, 2014 — 12:36 PM

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