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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – The first American night patrol of the war takes place when a Felixstowe F.2A flying boat crewed by U.S. Navy Ensign Ashton W. Hawkins and Lt. George F. Lawrence take off on patrol from RNAS Killingholme, England.

1930 – Birth of Neil Alden Armstrong (shown), American aviator, NASA astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, and U.S. Navy aviator. He is the first person to set foot on the Moon.

1931 – First flight of the Wilford WRK Gyroplane, an American single-seat open-cockpit autogyro.

1934 – Death of Frances Harrell Marsalis, American aviatrix and record setter, killed in the crash of her Waco during the Cleveland Air Races at Dayton, Ohio.

1984 – A Soviet Navy Antonov AN-12B loses all four engines after flying into heavy hail and crashes near Nawabshah, Pakistan, killing all 24 aboard.

2012 – An Israeli airstrike halts an attempt by a group of gunmen to use commandeered Egyptian armored vehicles to ram their way through an Israeli border crossing from Egypt into Israel.

Updated: August 4, 2016 — 10:16 PM

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