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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1925 – Clyde V. Cessna, Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman founded Travel Air Manufacturing Co.

1919 – Birth of George Preddy, U.S. World War II fighter ace, top P-51 Mustang ace of WWII and sixth on the list of all-time highest scoring American aces.

1932 – The first air-to-air clash of the Shanghai Incident takes place between five Japanese aircraft from the aircraft carrier Hōshō and nine Nationalist Chinese fighters.

1958 – A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-47 Stratojet collides with a North American F-86 Sabre in mid-air while on a simulated mission. The Stratojet was carrying a Mark 15 thermonuclear bomb that was jettisoned, but never recovered, in the waters off Tybee Island near Savannah, Ga. There were no injuries.

1982 – Laker Airways, a wholly private and independent British airline, operates its last flight. It became the first long-haul, low-cost, “no frills” airline in 1977.

2009 – Death of Franz Villinger, German aircraft designer who built one of the first human-powered aircraft, the HV-1 Mufli, that first flew in 1935.

Updated: February 5, 2013 — 1:43 PM

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