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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Carlo Romagnoli, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace.

1936 – First flight of the Fairey Seafox, a British single-engine reconnaissance floatplane.

1961 – The first crossing of the English Channel by a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft is made by the Short SC.1 (shown), flown by A. Roberts, from England to Paris for the Paris Air Show.

1964 – Death of Walter Blume, German World War I fighter ace and aircraft designer; he also was a pioneer of jet propulsion design.

1979 – A Mauritanian Islamic Republic de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo crashes during a sand storm on approach to Dakar, Senegal, killing all 12 aboard. Among the dead is Ahmed Ould Bouceif, prime minister of the Mauritanian government.

2011 – NATO aircraft conduct 151 sorties over Libya, striking a command-and-control facility in Tripoli, ammunition storage facilities near Sirte, Mizda, and Hun, a rocket launcher and two truck-mounted guns near Misrata, and four surface-to-air missile launchers near Zintan.

Updated: May 26, 2016 — 9:57 PM

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