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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – In opening demonstration flights before the U.S. Army at Fort Myer, Va., Orville Wright makes the first flight with the new Wright A.

1939 – During another Khalkhin Gol dogfight between Soviet and Japanese aircraft, the Soviets claim to have shot down 25 Japanese planes in exchange for the loss of two Soviet aircraft.

1955 – Birth of Charles Joseph Precourt, U.S. Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut.

1963 – First flight of the Saab 105 (shown), high-wing, twin-engine trainer.

1984 – Death of Henri Fabre, French aviator and the inventor of “Le Canard,” the first seaplane in history.

2011 – KLM becomes the first airline in the world to provide flights using biofuel.

Updated: June 28, 2016 — 10:04 PM

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