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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Birth of Jean Tulasne, French World War II flying ace.

1940 – British West Indian Airways is established.

1941 – Death of Arístides García López Rengel, Spanish Nationalist fighter ace of the civil war; he goes missing in action while serving with the Spanish expeditionary squadron in Russia.

1969 – First flight of the IAI Arava (shown), an Israeli light STOL utility transport.

1989 – Avianca Flight 203, a Boeing 727, explodes in mid-air over Colombia, killing all 107 people aboard and three people on the ground.

2006 – A U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C/D “Night Falcon” crashes near Fallujah, Iraq, while on a low-altitude strafing run. The pilot, Maj. Troy Gilbert, is killed.

Updated: November 27, 2015 — 1:25 AM

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