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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1873 – Death of Charles Ferson Durant, the first successful American aeronaut.

1915 – Birth of Kaj Birksted, Danish World War II flying ace with the Royal Air Force and Danish high-ranking officer post-WWII.

1955 – Trans-Canada Airlines introduces the Vickers Viscount airliner into regular service, making it the first North American airline to use turbine power aircraft.

1957 – First flight of the Thruxton Jackaroo (shown), a British four-seat cabin biplane converted from a de Havilland Tiger Moth.

1981 – Japan Air Lines is the first airline to use a computerized flight simulator to train its crews.

1992 – The USAF’s Strategic Air Command is disestablished.

Updated: March 2, 2016 — 11:55 AM

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