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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1903 – Birth of Maximilien “Max” Conrad, known as the “Flying Grandfather”, American record-setting aviator.

1911 – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Ward Beck sends the first wireless-telephonic message from an airplane, a Wright biplane flying over Selfridge Field northeast of Detroit, Mich.

1938 – First flight of the Potez-CAMS 141 (shown), a French long range reconnaissance flying boat prototype.

1944 – German World War II ace Hauptmann Manfred Meurer is killed when his Heinkel He 219 night fighter collides with a British Lancaster bomber over Magdeburg, Germany. He has 65 kills at the time of his death.

1996 – Death of Kaj Birksted, World War II Danish Flying ace serving with the Royal Air Force.

1999 – A Nicaraguan Air Force Antonov An-26 crashes into a mountain near Bluefields, Nicaragua, killing all 28 aboard.

Updated: January 20, 2016 — 10:04 PM

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