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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Michele Allasia, Italian World War I flying ace.

1925 – The first capture of a rum runner with aviation support takes place when a U.S. Coast Guard Vought UO-1 assists with the Prohibition-era mission.

1955 – Death of William Earle “Moley” Molesworth, Irish World War I fighter ace.

1956 – First flight of the Sukhoi Su-9 (shown), a Soviet all-weather, missile-armed interceptor.

1982 – British Airways Flight 9, a Boeing 747-200, loses all four engines after flying through a cloud of volcanic ash near Jakarta. After many attempts at restarting the engines, all four restart, allowing the plane to land safely back at Jakarta.

2004 – A U.S. Army AH-1W SuperCobra is shot down in Fallujah, Iraq; the crew of two is safe.

Updated: June 23, 2016 — 9:42 PM

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