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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1935 – First flight of the Seversky P-35 (shown), a U.S. single-seat, all-metal fighter.

1937 – Lufthansa begins seaplane services between the Azores and New York with the assistance of seaplane tenders stationed along the route.

1945 – Birth of Charles Barbin “Chuck” DeBellevue, U.S. Air Force officer; he became the first USAF weapon systems officer (WSO) to become a flying ace.

1949 – A de Havilland Tiger Moth makes the first service flight by an aircraft of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

1953 – French aviatrix Jacqueline Auriol is the first European woman to break the sound barrier with a Dassault Mystère II.

1983 – Death of Robert Kenneth Whitney, Canadian World War I flying ace.

Updated: August 15, 2014 — 3:38 PM

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