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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace.

1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Triplane (shown), British single-seat fighter.

1931 – A Bellanca CH-300, fitted with a Packard DR-980 (American nine-cylinder air-cooled engine) and piloted by Walter Edwin Lees and Frederick Brossy, sets a record for staying aloft for 84 hours and 32 minutes without being refueled.

1959 – Twenty-five ex-Royal Canadian Air Force Beech Expeditors fly across the Atlantic Ocean, under the Military Assistance Program, to new homes in Portugal and France.

1974 – Death of Matthew Brown “Bunty” Frew, Scottish World War I flying ace.

1999 –  Caroline Aigle becomes the first woman fighter pilot in the French Air Force.

Updated: May 28, 2015 — 12:31 AM

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