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On This Day in Aviation History

Bombay Office/Nov,1955,A32(t)
Shri J.R.D. Tata.

1904 – Birth of Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (shown), pioneer French-born Indian aviator, founder of Air India International and businessman. He was India’s first licensed pilot, achieving the honor in 1929.

1936 – The German air force begins to carry the Nationalist Army from Spanish Morocco to Spain in the world’s first major military airlift using Junkers Ju-52 transports.

1943 – Death of Gustave Douchy, French World War I flying ace who served in World War II; he is killed in a flying accident in Madagascar.

1969 – Embraer, a Brazilian aerospace conglomerate, is founded.

1985 – First flight of the Kawasaki T-4 , a Japanese subsonic intermediate jet trainer; it also is used by the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s Blue Impulse aerobatic team.

2002 – Vanguard Airlines, a U.S. low-cost, low-fare carrier, ceases operations. Vanguard is believed to be one of the first airlines to fly following the 9/11 attacks.



Updated: July 28, 2016 — 8:58 PM

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