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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1938 – Birth of Jean-Loup Jacques Marie Chrétien, French engineer, French air force pilot, test pilot and CNES astronaut; he became the first Frenchman and the first western European in space.

1939 – The last rigid airship, the Graf Zeppelin (LZ 130), makes its final flight.

1944 – Aircraft of a U. S. Navy antisubmarine hunter-killer group score their final kill of an enemy submarine in the Atlantic during World War II when FM Wildcats and Grumman TBM Avengers from the escort aircraft carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9) sink the German submarine U-1229 south of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

1970 – First flight of the Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk (shown), a private-venture, prototype attack helicopter built with Sikorsky Aircraft funds.

1971 – Death of Rashid Minhas, Pakistan Air force pilot, in the crash of his Lockheed T-33 trainer while struggling to regain the controls from a defecting pilot.

2011 – First Air Flight 6560, a Boeing 737-200C, crashes near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada. Of the 15 people aboard, there are three survivors.

Updated: August 20, 2015 — 3:12 AM

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