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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of Dan Vizanti, Romanian World War II fighter ace.

1914 – Death of U.S. Army Lt. Henry Burnet Post, American pioneer aviator; he is killed when the right wing of his Wright Model C has an in-flight structural failure and crashes in San Diego Bay off the California coast.

1937 – First flight of the Blackburn Skua (Mk.II shown), a British carrier-based, single-engine aircraft operated by the British Fleet Air Arm.

1982 – Japan Airlines Flight 350, a Douglas DC-8, crashes on approach to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda); of the 166 passengers and eight crew, 24 passengers are killed.

1983 – British Airways begins Boeing 757 service.

2010 – A Bell AH-1 Cobra gunship of the Pakistan Air Force crashes in the Teera Valley in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal area near the Afghanistan’s border; both the pilot and gunner perish in the accident.

Updated: February 9, 2015 — 11:06 AM

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