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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Igor Sikorsky makes a 12-second first flight in his Sikorsky S-2 (B.I.S.I or S-1 rebuilt), a biplane with a pusher engine.

1923 – Birth of Jean Dabos, French World War II fighter pilot, test pilot and aircraft designer.

1936 – Death of Godwin Brumowski, most successful fighter ace of the Austro-Hungarian Air Force during World War I; he dies while instructing a student at Schipol Airfield in Holland.

1941 – Vickers Wellingtons from the Royal Canadian Air Force 405 Squadron make the first bomber raid on Germany.

1975 – First flight of the Mitsubishi F-1 (shown),  Japan’s first post-World War II jet fighter.

2011 – NATO attack helicopters go into combat in Libya for the first time when two British Army Air Corps AgustaWestland Apaches, operating from the Royal Navy amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean, attack a radar site and an armed checkpoint near Brega and French Aérospatiale Gazelles simultaneously attack other Libyan government targets.


Updated: June 3, 2014 — 12:13 PM

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