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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Jens Tryggve Herman Gran, Norwegian aviator, explorer and author; he was the first pilot to cross the North Sea.

1934 – First flight of the Boeing YP-29A (shown), a U.S. fighter prototype.

1940 – The Brazilian Air Force, originally founded in 1908 as the Brazilian Army Balloon Corp, adopts its current title, Fôrça Aeréa Brasileira.

1971 – The McDonnell Douglas RF-4E Phantom II enters service with the Luftwaffe.

1988 – Death of Robert Miles Todd, American World War I flying ace.

2011 – A Ecuadorian Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter crashes near Tena, Ecuador, killing all six on board

Updated: January 19, 2016 — 10:07 PM

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