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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – Joseph Eugene Carberry and Fred Seydel win the Mackay Trophy flying a Curtiss Model E made by U.S. Army aviators entirely from spare parts.

1940 –  The Luftwaffe begins a devastating two-day-long bombing attack on London, making extensive use of incendiary weapons.

1948 – First flight of the Supermarine Swift (F.1 shown), a British single-seat jet fighter.

1958 – Birth of Nancy Jane Sherlock Currie, American engineer, U.S. Army pilot officer and NASA astronaut.

1961 – Death of Anton Flettner, German aviation engineer and inventor.

2012 – Red Wings Airlines Flight 9268, a Tupolev Tu-204, arriving from the Czech Republic at the end of a repositioning flight with a crew of eight and no passengers aboard, overruns the runway on landing at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia;  five crew members die.

Updated: December 29, 2014 — 5:31 AM

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