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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Dan Able Kimball, American World War I pilot, executive of rocket engine producer Aerojet Engineering Co. and secretary of the U.S. Navy.

1926 – A quartet of Royal Air Force Fairey IIIDs commanded by Wing Commander Conway Walter Heath Pulford begin a long-distance flight from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town, South Africa, and then on to Lee-on-Solent, England.

1941 – New Zealand’s first fighter squadron, No. 485 (NZ) Squadron Royal Air Force (shown with Supekrmarine Spitfire Mark VB), is formed.

1964 – Paradise Airlines Flight 901A, a Lockheed L-049, crashes following a missed approach to Tahoe Valley Airport, Calif.; all 85 aboard perish.

1948 – First flight of the Curtiss-Wright XP-87 Blackhawk, an American all-weather jet interceptor prototype and the company’s last aircraft project.

2010 – Death of Major General Vladimir Sergeyevich Ilyushin, Soviet general and noted test pilot, as well as son of aerospace engineer Sergei Ilyushin.

Updated: March 1, 2016 — 12:25 AM

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