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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – An Avro 504 on patrol over Belgium is shot down by German rifle fire, becoming the first Royal Flying Corps aircraft destroyed in action.

1932 – Birth of Gerald Paul Carr, American engineer, U.S. Marine Corps pilot and NASA astronaut.

1939 – Death of Koji Motomura, Japanese 2nd Sino-Japanese War fighter ace, killed in action.

1972 – First flight of the Sukhoi T-4, a Soviet high-speed bomber that also was conduct reconnaissance and anti-ship missions.

1999 – China Airlines Flight 642, a McDonnell Douglas MD-11, crashes on landing at Hong Kong International Airport during Typhoon “Sam;” of the 315 people on board, three die.

2011 – An American unmanned aerial vehicle strike in Pakistan conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency kills Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and Ansar al-Sunna and former chief-of-staff to the deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Updated: August 21, 2016 — 10:17 PM

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