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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Saint Cyprian Churchill Tayler, British World War I flying ace.

1931 – Frenchmen Lucien Bossoutrot and Maurice Rossi take off in the Blériot 110 “Joseph Le Brix” to attempt a closed-circuit world distance record.

1935 – Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be reformed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.

1944 – Death of Charles de Lambert, early French aviator and the first person in France to be taught to fly by Wilbur Wright. He also was the first person to fly around the Eiffel Tower.

1945 – First flight of the Sud-Ouest Bretagne (shown), a French twin-engine airliner.

1979 – Production of the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk ends after 26 years, with the delivery of the 2,690th and final aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps.

Updated: February 26, 2016 — 2:03 AM

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