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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Friedrich Altemeier, German World War I fighter ace.

1910 – American Walter Brookins, the first pilot trained by the Wright brothers for their exhibition team, sets a world’s record for altitude of 4,380 feet.

1944 – The first V1 rocket is shot down by Royal Air Force Flight Lt. J.G. Musgrave in a Mosquito of No. 605 Squadron.

1950 – An Air France Douglas DC-4, the “Ciel de Gascogne,” enroute from Saigon to Paris with a stopover at Karachi Airport, crashes on approach to Bahrain killing 40 of 53 aboard.

2007 – Death of Robin Olds, American fighter pilot and general officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was a “triple ace,” with a combined total of 16 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War.

2013 – First flight of the Airbus A350 XWB (shown), a European long-range, two-engined wide-body jetliner; it is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer.

Updated: June 13, 2016 — 9:40 PM

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