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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Frank Ormond “Mongoose” Soden, Canadian World War I fighter ace who stayed and served in the Royal Air Force until the end of World War II.

1909 – Royal Air Force Lt. Col. Alec Ogilvie, CBE, an early British aviation pioneer, a friend of the Wright Brothers and only the seventh British person to qualify as a pilot, patents the first airspeed indicator.

1926 – First flight of the Boeing F2B (-1 shown), U.S. Navy biplane fighter.

1945 – Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 flying boat prototype “Honolulu Clipper” loses power in both starboard engines after five hours of flying. The aircraft successfully ditches 650 miles east of Oahu shortly before midnight; all 26 aboard are rescued.

1988 – Death of Harold Brownlow Morgan “Micky” Martin, Australian World War II bomber pilot who flew with the “Dambusters” of the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron and post-war, high-ranking RAF officer.

2000 – The last flight of a Boeing EC-135E takes place when a flight crew from the Air Force Flight Test Center delivers the last aircraft, nicknamed “The Bird of Prey,” to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Updated: November 3, 2015 — 12:06 AM

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