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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Fred Everest Banbury, Canadian World War I flying ace.

1931 – Herbert John Louis “Bert” Hinkler takes off in a de Havilland Puss Moth from Canada for a solo flight to London, via Central America and the South Atlantic. He will become only the second person to cross the Atlantic solo, after Charles Lindbergh.

1944 – First flight of the Bristol Buckmaster (shown), an advanced British twin-engine trainer.

1954 – Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr., World War II and Korean War fighter ace, becomes the first African-American general in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.

1957 – Death of Giovanni Battista Caproni, Italian aeronautical engineer and aircraft designer who founded the Caproni aircraft manufacturing company.

1993 – Widerøe Flight 744, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, crashes in Overhalla, Norway, on approach to Namsos Airport, killing both pilots and four passengers.

Updated: October 27, 2015 — 1:19 AM

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