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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Oliver “Stewpot” Stewart, British World War I flying ace and aviation journalist.

1929 – After taking off from Hal Far, Malta, a Fairey Flycatcher of the Royal Air Force Fleet Air Arm lands aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, achieving the first night carrier landing by a fleet fighter.

1943 – Death of Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare (shown), Irish-American U.S. Navy pilot; he was the service’s first World War II flying ace and a Medal of Honor recipient who went missing in action in his Grumman F6F Hellcat during the first USN nighttime fighter attack from an aircraft carrier.

1964 – Belgian paratroops are dropped into Congo by the U.S. Air Force.

1969 – First flight of the Conroy Skymonster, American specialized cargo aircraft prototype with an outsized fuselage based on a Canadair CL-44 transport.

2003 – Last flight of the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde takes place when G-BOAF from flies from London Heathrow Airport to Bristol, England.

Updated: November 26, 2013 — 11:15 AM

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