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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Frederick Joseph Cunninghame, British World War I flying ace.

1911 – Yoshitoshi Tokugawa sets a Japanese record with a Blériot, flying 48 miles in less than 70 minutes.

1918 – Lt. Paul Baer of the U.S. Army Air Service shoots down his fifth aircraft, becoming the first ace of the American Expeditionary Force.

1924 – First flight of the Stout 2-AT “Pullman” (shown), an American all-metal monoplane used for early airline travel and air mail transport.

1945 – U.S. Navy Consolidated PB4Y Liberators of Patrol Bombing Squadron 109 launch two Bat missiles against Japanese shipping in Balikpapan harbour in Borneo; it is the first use of automatic homing missiles during World War II.

2006 – Death of former Royal New Zealand Air Force Wing Commander John “Johnny” Milne Checketts, World War II flying ace; he survived being shot down twice in that conflict.

Updated: April 23, 2014 — 12:42 PM

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