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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Royal Navy aviator Wilfred Parke becomes the first pilot ever to recover from a spin when he regains control of his Avro Type G biplane 50 feet from the ground at Larkhill, England.

1916 – Birth of Saburo Sakai, Japanese naval aviator and World War II fighter ace.

1929 – First flight of the Gloster VI (shown), a British racing seaplane developed as a contestant for the 1929 Schneider Trophy.

1946 – The U.S. Navy’s Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the “Blue Angels,” upgrades their aircraft to the Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat.

2010 – A Filair Let L-410 crashes on approach to Bandundu Airport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 20. Both fuel starvation and an escaped crocodile are blamed for the accident.

2012 – Death of Neil Alden Armstrong, U.S. Navy pilot, NASA astronaut, aerospace engineer, test pilot, and university professor and the first person to walk on the Moon.

Updated: August 25, 2015 — 12:32 AM

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