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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Herbert Frank Stacey Drewittt, New Zealand World War I flying ace.

1918 – U.S. Naval Reserve Force pilot Ensign John F. McNamara, flying from RNAS Portland (an Royal Navy air station in England), makes the first attack on an enemy submarine by a U.S. naval aviator.

1930 – First flight of the Bernard H.V.120, a French single-engined racing floatplane.

1958 – A Braniff Airlines Douglas DC-7 crashes shortly after takoff from Miami while attempting to return after an engine catches fire.

2001 – Death of Ernest Brian Trubshaw, notable test pilot and the first Britisher to fly the BAC-Aerospatiale Concorde.

2011 – The United Arab Emirates commits six Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons and six Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters (latter shown) to help enforce the no-fly zone over Libya.

Updated: April 21, 2016 — 5:01 AM

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