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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Japanese World War II fighter ace.

1927 – First flight of the Douglas T2D (shown), an American twin-engine torpedo bomber; it is the first twin-engined aircraft to operate from an aircraft carrier.

1941 – The first British combined operation between Malta’s reconnaissance and strike aircraft takes place when the German vessel Ingo is sunk by the Fairey Swordfish of No.830 and No.806 Squadrons of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm.

1989 – Death of Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer; he co-founded The Sopwith Aviation Co., which produced the Sopwith Camel.

1998 – A Myanmar National Airways Fokker F27 crashes on takeoff from Yangon, Myanmar, killing 16 people of the 45 aboard.

2002 – Boeing’s 737, the world’s most widely use twin jet, becomes the first jetliner in history to amass more than 100 million flying hours. The 737 was launched onto the market 1965.

Updated: January 27, 2015 — 4:30 PM

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