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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Cecil Guelph Brock, Canadian World War I flying ace who participated at the dogfight which conducted to Manfred Von Richtofen’s death.

1941 – Nine Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers from the British aircraft carrier HMS Victorious score a torpedo hit on the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic Ocean, aggravating damage she had sustained early in the day in the Battle of Denmark Strait.

1950 – Death of Claude Marcel Haegelen, French World War I fighter ace, test pilot for Hanriot, record-setting aviator, and World War II fighter pilot.

1969 – First flight of the SIAI-Marchetti SM.1019 (shown), an Italian STOL liaison monoplane built for the Italian Army and based on the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog.

1982 – The last service by a British Airways Boeing 707, from Cairo to London, is performed.

2007 – A Peruvian Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter crashes in dense jungle after taking off from Pampa Hermosa, Peru. Of the 20 people on board, only seven survive.

Updated: May 23, 2016 — 10:14 PM

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