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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Maurice Albert Rousselle, French World War I flying ace.

1917 – Italian World War I flying ace Giorgio Pessi scores four victories on that day with his SPAD VII (one unconfirmed).

1936 – The German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion, a force of about 100 aircraft, departs Germany for Seville, Spain, to support Nationalist forces in the Spanish Civil War.

1957 – First flight of the Fairey Rotodyne (shown), a British compound gyroplane intended for commercial and military applications.

1976 – Death of Hans Waldhausen, German World War I flying ace.

2006 – A Boeing AH-64D Apache from the U.S. Army’s A Company, 1–82nd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) attached to 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, crashes north of Baghdad, killing the two crew.

Updated: November 6, 2015 — 12:01 AM

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