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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Alan Douglas Light, British World War I flying ace (as observer) and airship pilot who also served in World War II.

1913 – Alys McKey Bryant becomes the first woman pilot to fly in Canada, over Vancouver, in a Curtiss-type pusher biplane.

1944 – A Boeing B-29 Superfortress named “Ramp Tramp” was damaged a mission against the Japanese Showa steel mill in Anshan, Manchuria, and forced to divert to the Soviet Union. It was not returned; instead, the Soviets base their Tupolev Tu-4 bomber on it.

1989 – Death of George Augustus Vaughn, Jr., American World War I flying ace; he also helped to organize the New York Air National Guard.

1992 – China General Aviation Flight 7552, a Yakovlev 42D, loses control just after takeoff from Nanjing Airport and crashes into a pond; 108 of 126 aboard die.

2006 – The 15th FAI World Rally Flying Championship in Troyes in France is won by the Polish team of  Waclaw Wieczorek and Michal Wieczorek in a PZL-104 Wilga 2000 (similar shown).

Updated: July 31, 2015 — 1:10 PM

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