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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Armando François, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace.

1937 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz sets a speed record between Paris and Saigon in less than 4 days.

1966 – First flight of the Dassault Mirage F1, a French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft; it is the successor of the Mirage III.

1972 – Death of Andrei Nikolayevich Tupolev, pioneering Soviet aircraft designer.

2002 – A General Atomics MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-25, making it the first time in history an aircraft and an unmanned drone engage in combat.

2009 – A Northrop F-5E of the Royal Thai Air Force (similar shown) crashes in Thailand; the pilot is killed.

Updated: December 23, 2014 — 1:37 PM

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