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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Andre René Celestin Herbelin, French World War I flying ace.

1932 – Wolfgang von Gronau and crew in a Dornier Wal complete the first flight around the world by a seaplane. The flight takes a 111 days.

1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 shown), a military single-engine trainer and Italy’s first true jet.

1968 – Death of Arthur Bradfield Fairclough, Canadian World War I flying ace.

1982 – Aeronor Flight 304, a Fairchild F-27, crashes near La Florida Airport, Chile; all 46 on board are killed.

2002 – United Airlines files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the largest airline bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Updated: December 8, 2015 — 11:21 PM

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