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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Elwyn Roy “Bo” King, Australian World War I fighter ace and instructor during World War II.

1917 – Death of Julius Busa, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace; he is shot down by Italian ace Francesco Baracca in a SPAD S.VII.

1927 – Colonial Air Transport offers a sightseeing trip from Teterboro, N.J., around New York City for just $8, less than the price of a similar trip in a taxi.

1980 – First flight of the Antonov An-3 (T variant shown), a Soviet civil multipurpose and agricultural aircraft.

1992 – A U.S. Navy instructor pilot is killed after two Navy Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentors collide over a densely wooded field near  NAS Whiting Field, Fla.

2011 – A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) airstrike targeting a Libyan government command and control bunker in Brega hits a building, killing 11 civilians and wounding 45.

 

Updated: May 12, 2016 — 11:41 PM

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