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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Otto Jindra, Austro-Hungrian World War I flying ace who, post-war, became a Czechoslovakian citizen and was instrumental in raising, and commanding, a Czechoslovakian air arm.

1937 – Emilio Casco flies the human-powered aircraft Pedaliante more than half a mile outside Milan, Italy.

1952 – A pair of U.S. Air Force Republic F-84 Thunderjets land in Neubiberg, Germany, after a 2,800-mile flight without refueling. The planes cross seven nations, average 585 mph, and are airborne for almost five hours.

1961 – First flight of the Tupolev Tu-28 (shown), a Soviet long-range interceptor; it is the largest and heaviest fighter ever introduced in service.

1966 – United Arab Airlines Flight 749, an Antonov An-24, crashes while attempting to land in bad weather in Cairo, Egypt, killing all 30.

2013 – Death of Muhammad Mahmood Alam, Pakistani Indo-Pakistan War “ace-in-a-day.”

 

Updated: March 18, 2015 — 12:57 AM

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