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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Gustave Victorin Daladier, French World War I fighter ace.

1914 – The Royal Siamese Flying Corps is formed.

1948 – First flight of the Douglas F3D Skyknight, (D-2s shown), a U.S. twin-engine, midwing jet fighter, designed as a carrier-based all-weather aircraft.

1961 – Death of Valentin Vasiliyevich Bondarenko, Soviet fighter pilot and cosmonaut.

2005 – Airline Transport Flight 982, an Ilyushin Il-76, crashes into the water beyond Mawanza Airport in Tanzania. Using a takeoff configuration for a weight almost 10 tons lighter than its actual weight, the aircraft is unable to maintain its climb.

2012 – A Syrian Army attack helicopter pilot ordered to kill anti-regime protesters instead fires all of his ammunition at a government military building in Aleppo and then defects, flying his helicopter to Turkey.

Updated: April 21, 2016 — 5:03 AM

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