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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot, was born; she was a test pilot on the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka and Dornier Do 17 as well as one of the few pilots to fly the Focke-Achgelis Fa 61, the first fully controllable helicopter.

1939 – The Curtiss YP-37 (shown above), a single-engined fighter based on the company’s successful P-36 Hawk, enters testing service with the U.S. Army Air Corps. The project was later cancelled.

1942 – The production of Supermarine Spitfire fighters during World War II reaches an all-time peak in one day: 134 aircraft.

1981 – British Airways makes its last Vickers VC10 flight.

2001 – The Boeing X-32 B Joint Strike Fighter demonstrator makes it’s first flight.

2006 – The British Aerospace Sea Harrier was withdrawn from Royal Navy service.

Updated: March 29, 2013 — 11:33 AM

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