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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Carlo Francesco “Francis” Lombardi, Italian World War I flying ace; he would also become an aircraft and automobile designer who made several post-war record breaking flights.

1917 – First flight of the Nielsen & Winther Type AA (shown), a single-seat, Danish-designed fighter.

1944 – Launch of Operation Steinbock (Baby Blitz), a nocturnal World War II Luftwaffe offensive against southern England launched primarily for the sake of propaganda and as a measure of retaliation than for any military objective

1951 – The U. S. Air Force F-84 Thunderjet, built by Republic, makes its first kill when pilot Lt. Col. William E. Bertram shoots down a Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 during the Korean War.

1973 – Death of François Portron, French World War I flying ace.

2009 – An Indian Air Force HAL HJT-16 Kiran Mk.2 military trainer aircraft from the No. 52 Squadron Surya Kiran (Sun Rays) Aerobatics display team, based at the Bidar Air Force Station in Karnataka, India, crashes into a field during a routine training exercise killing the pilot.

Updated: January 21, 2015 — 1:49 PM

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