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.
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.