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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Lionel Arthur Ashfield, British World War I flying ace.

1943 – The first Canadian-built four-engined aircraft, the Avro 683 Lancaster X, is flown at Malton, Ontario.

1952 – Death of Robert Opie Lindsay, American World War I flying ace and U.S. Army Air Corps officer; he also was a founding member of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (the forerunner to the Federal Aviation Administration).

1973 – First flight of the Martin Marietta X-24B (shown), an experimental U.S. aircraft developed from a joint USAF-NASA program centered on lifting bodies.

1997 – McDonnell Douglas is merged into the Boeing Co.

2013 – The Airbus A400M Atlas, a four-engine turboprop military transport, enters service with the French Air Force.

Updated: July 31, 2016 — 8:25 PM

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