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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his airplane with his feet and knees.

1922 – Birth of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, German Luftwaffe night fighter pilot and highest-scoring (121) night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare.

1962 – Death of Radul Milkov Mikhailov, Bulgarian World War I pilot and high-ranking officer; he was credited of the first drop of an aerial bomb.

1967 – First flight of the MBB Bo 105 (military P variant shown), a German multi-purpose utility helicopter.

1998 – China Airlines Flight 676, a Airbus A300, crashes into a road and residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan, killing all 196 aboard and six more on the ground.

2013 – Iraqi Airways begins flights to Kuwait for the first time since Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990.

Updated: February 16, 2015 — 11:41 AM

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