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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1874 – Birth of Adolphe Aloys Marie Hubert duBois d’Aische, Belgian World War I flying ace.

1906 – Traian Vuia, Romanian inventor and aviation pioneer, flies his early own designed and built aircraft “Vuia 1” about 40 feet at Montesson, France. This is the first well-documented unassisted takeoff and landing on a level surface by an engine-driven monoplane with a wheeled undercarriage.

1945 – First flight of the Douglas A-1 (H model shown) Skyraider, an American single-seat attack aircraft.

1980 – Death of  Konstantin Konstantinovich Artseulov, Russian test pilot, World War I pilot and glider designer.

1997 – The tail of a Russian Antonov An-24 airliner breaks off enroute to Turkey; the plane crashes and kills all 50 on board. The accident led to the later grounding of all An-24s.

2010 – The first vertical landing of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, an American fifth-generation multirole fighter.

Updated: March 18, 2014 — 1:45 PM

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