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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub, Soviet Ukrainian military aviator and World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War.

1926 – Death of Jurgis Dobkevicius, Lithuanian aviator and aircraft designer, who dies in the crash of a Dobi-III, a single-seat, high-wing monoplane of his own design.

1953 – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, officially known as the 3600th Air Demonstration Flight, gave their first performance at Luke AFB, Ariz., flying Republic F-84G Thunderjets (shown).

1959 – First unpowered flight of the North American X-15, an American rocket-powered aircraft-spaceplane.

1989 – A Soviet Air Force Mikoyan MiG-29 suffers a bird strike during a display at the Paris Air Show. Pilot Anatoli Kvochur manages to prevent the plane from injuring anyone, and saves himself by ejecting at only 400 feet.

2009 – An Indonesian Army locally-built MBB Bo 105 crashes while flying in bad weather near to Situhaing village on West Java, all five occupants aboard the helicopter perish.

Updated: June 7, 2016 — 9:04 PM

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