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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1937 – First flight of the Bell YFM-1 Airacuda, an American heavy fighter and the first such airplane built by Bell Aircraft Corp.

1961 – Birth of Christopher J. Ferguson, U.S. Navy fighter and test pilot as well as NASA astronaut.

1967 – The U. S. Navy’s first dedicated search-and-rescue squadron, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 7 (HC-7), is commissioned at Atsugi, Japan; it operates UH-2 Seasprite helicopters (shown). Previously, all Navy search-and-rescue had been performed by helicopter antisubmarine squadrons. HC-7 will make its first rescue on Oct. 3 in Haiphong Harbor, North Vietnam.

1975 – The fourth production Concorde, British Airways’ G-BOAC, makes two return flights from London to Gander, Newfoundland, becoming the first aircraft to make four Atlantic crossings in a single day.

1977 – Death of Mario Fucini, Italian World War I flying ace.

2006 – Iran Air Tours Flight 945, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashes while attempting to land in Mashad, Iran, killing 28 of 154 on board.

Updated: September 1, 2015 — 1:31 AM

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