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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of William Joseph Baynes Nel, South African World War I flying ace.

1943 – German submarine U-489 is sunk by a Short Sunderland flying boat of 420 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, southeast of Iceland. The Sunderland also is shot down and five of the 11-man crew are killed.

1973 – The first of two prototype Boeing YQM-94A Compass Cope B long-range remotely piloted vehicles (RPV), possibly serial 70-1839, crashes during its second test flight. The U.S. Air Force decides not to order Compass Copes into production. Second prototype is now on display at the National Museum of the USAF, Dayton, Ohio.

1992 – Death of William Mayes Fry, British World War I flying ace who also served in World War II.

1997 – First flight of the Aero L-159 Alca (shown), Czech-built multi-role combat aircraft derived from the Aero L-59 Super Albatros.

2009 – Bangkok Airways Flight 266, an ATR-72, skids off the runway at Samui Airport, killing one of the pilots. The 68 passengers were evacuated.

Updated: August 4, 2015 — 11:35 AM

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