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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Joseph Eskel Hallonquist, Canadian World War I flying ace.

1922 – Portuguese pilots Capt. Gago Coutinho and Capt. Sacadura Cabral leave Lisbon to attempt the first crossing of the South Atlantic by air.

1977 – Death of Gerhard Bassenge, German World War I flying ace and World War II high-ranking officer.

1992 – Two Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses of the U.S. Air Force fly to Ryanzan Air Base near Moscow in exchange for a visit to the U.S. by three Tupolev Tu-95 Bears and a Blackjack from the Commonwealth of Independent States.

1998 – First test flight of the NASA Scaled Composites X-38 (V-132 shown), a spacecraft design for use as a future International Space Station emergency crew return vehicle.

2012 – A Turkish Air Force Northrop NF-5A crashes on take off from Konya Air Base, Turkey, killing the pilot. The aircraft, part of the Turkish Air Force aerobatic demonstration team known as the Turkish Stars, was on a training flight.

Updated: March 13, 2015 — 11:48 AM

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