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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Cyril William Gladman, British World War I flying ace.

1912 – Denys Corbett Wilson makes a 100-minute flight from Goodwick, England, to Enniscorthy, Ireland.

1939 – First flight of the Lockheed Vega Starliner, a low-wing light plane with retractable landing gear and a pair of inline engines turning a single propeller.

1948 – The North American B-45 Tornado (shown) begins service with the U.S. Air Force, becoming that service’s first operational jet bomber and the first jet aircraft to be refueled in the air.

1982 – Death of Ernest Charles Hoy, Canadian World War I flying ace and airmail flight pioneer.

2005 – A a Boeing-Stearman PT-17 makes its first post-restoration flight in Reykjavik, Iceland; it was one of the three PT-17s brought by the USS Wasp in 1941 for use as trainers and squadron hacks.

Updated: April 22, 2014 — 3:34 PM

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