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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of Josef Mai, German World War I fighter ace and World War II flight instructor.

1911 – U.S. Army Capt. Benjamin D. Foulois, navigating a course with Phillip Parmelee at the controls of a Wright Type B on loan from Robert F. Collier, makes the first official military reconnaissance flight while looking for troops between Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas, with a ground exercise in progress.

1931 – First flight of the Fairey Gordon, a British light day bomber and utility aircraft.

1960 – The longest nonstop flight ever made by a Royal Air Force aircraft is completed when a Vickers Valiant B.Mk.1, piloted by Sqdn. Ldr. J. H. Garstin, flies around the British Isles for a total distance of 8,500 miles aided by two inflight refuelings.

1969 – The U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (more popularly known as TOPGUN) is established at NAS Miramar in California.

2010 – Death of Mariâ Ivanovna Dolina (shown), a World War II Soviet bomber pilot, deputy and acting squadron commander of the 125th “Marina M. Raskova” Borisov Guards Dive Bomber Regiment; she also was a Hero of the Soviet Union and received the Order of Lenin.

Updated: March 3, 2014 — 10:41 AM

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