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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Ludwig Gaim, German World War I flying ace who also served in World War II.

1935 – Death of Robert Bajac, French World War I pilot, airline pilot and record setter; he dies in a crash while flying between Paris and London at night.

1947 – First flight of the Blackburn Firecrest (shown), a single-engine naval strike fighter built to serve the British Fleet Air Arm during World War II.

1954 – The last operational flight by a Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire, a photo-reconnaissance sortie, takes place in Malaya.

1978 – The Canadian Snowbirds aerobatic team officially becomes the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron.

2006 – A U.S. Army Boeing AH-64D Apache is shot down southwest of Baghdad, Iraq, killing the two crewmen.

Updated: April 21, 2016 — 4:55 AM

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