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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of David McCampbell, American World War II fighter pilot and the U.S. Navy’s all-time leading ace.

1933 – Jean Mermoz and crew make a non-stop flight from Senegal to Argentina, across South Atlantic, in 17 hours, 27 min.

1962 – First flight of the Fuji KM-2 (shown), Japanese propeller-driven light aircraft; it is a license-built version of Beechcraft’s T-34 Mentor trainer.

1963 – Yvonne Pope becomes the first UK female airline pilot to fly international routes, flying from Gatwick to Düsseldorf for Morton Air Service.

1972 – Death of Reed McKinley Chambers, American World War I flying ace who founded Florida Airways, which received the first private air mail contract awarded by the U. S. government. He also founded the U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group, the first aviation insurance company in the U.S.

2013 – An Agusta AW109 helicopter strikes the jib of a construction crane attached to St. George Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, London, England, and crashes in the street below, killing its pilot and one person on the ground and injuring 13 other people.

Updated: January 16, 2015 — 1:57 PM

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