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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Joseph Frantz, French World War I pilot and the first pilot to shoot down an airplane in a dogfight.

1951 – William “Bill” Bridgeman sets a new airspeed record in the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (shown) of Mach 1.88 (1,245 mph).

1963 – First flight of the Lockheed YF-12, American prototype interceptor; it is a twin-seat version of the single-seat Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft; both led to the development of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird twin-seat reconnaissance variant.

1980 – Aerolineas Argentinas and Iberia jointly inaugurate the world’s longest non-stop air route, between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain.

1999 – TACV Flight 5002, a Dornier Do 228, crashes into the wooded mountainside of the island of Santo Antão, Cape Verde, due to bad weather. The aircraft burst into flames, killing all 18 passengers and crew aboard.

2012 – Egyptian Air Force aircraft begin striking militants at Sheikh Zuweid on Egypt‍ ’​s Sinai Peninsula; it is the first Egyptian airstrike in the Sinai Peninsula since the Yom Kippur War in October 1973.

Updated: August 7, 2015 — 2:51 AM

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