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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Louis Prosper Gros, French World War I flying ace who served also in World War II.

1947 – Death of Hans-Eberhardt Gandert, German World War I flying ace and high-ranking World War II officer in the Luftwaffe.

1947 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-22,  the first Soviet jet-engined bomber prototype to fly.

1951 – The Bell X-1D (shown), with test pilot Jean “Skip” Ziegler at the controls, completes an unpowered flight but is damaged on landing at Rogers Dry Lake in California.

1992 – Mandala Airlines Flight 660, a Vickers Viscount 816, crashes in Indonesia into a mountain on Ambon Island as it attempts to land at Pattimura Airport during a heavy thunderstorm; all 70 perish.

2012 – The Syrian Air Force attacks rebels for the first time in the Syrian Civil War when Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23s bomb eastern areas of Aleppo.

Updated: July 24, 2015 — 1:23 AM

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