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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Maurice Arthur Benjamin, South African World War I flying ace.

1914 – Reinhold Böhm takes off in his Albatros biplane for a nonstop flight, without refueling, that lasted 24 hours, 12 minutes.

1929 – First flight of the Macchi M.67 (shown), an Italian racing seaplane designed for the Schneider Trophy race.

1961 – Death of Francis May Simonds, American World War I flying ace.

1965 – The first U.S. Air Force aerial victories of the Vietnam War are scored by McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom IIs of the 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron against North Vietnamese Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17s.

2013 – First-ever landing of a UAV or RPA on an aircraft carrier takes place when a Northrop Grumman X-47B lands on the USS George H.W. Bush.

Updated: July 10, 2014 — 11:49 AM

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