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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1923 – Birth of Stuart Row Childs, American World War II and military test pilot; he flew the Bell X1-B and the Hiller X-18.

1940 – RMS Lancastria is sunk by Luftwaffe Junkers 88 near Saint-Nazaire, France, while taking part in Operation Ariel — the evacuation of British nationals and troops from France — two weeks after the Dunkirk evacuation.

1946 – First flight of the Lockheed Model 75 Saturn (shown), an American twin-engine airliner.

1962 – Death of August Delling, German World War I flying ace.

1965 – McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom IIs from the U.S. Navy’s Fighter Squadron 21 (the VF-21 Freelancers) shoot down 2 North Vietnamese Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17s; the action results in the first confirmed kills achieved by a USN squadron during the Vietnam War.

1998 – A Kamov Ka-50 Hokum crashes at Army Aviation Combat Training Centre, Torzhok, Russia, killing Russian Army Major-General Boris Vorobyov.

Updated: June 17, 2014 — 12:42 PM

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