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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Frank Alberry, Australian World War I flying ace.

1922 – First flight of the Thomas-Morse R-5 (shown), an American single-engined parasol monoplane racer.

1940 – Royal Australian Air Force Avro Ansons L9162 and N4876 of No. 2 Service Flying Training School collide in mid-air and became locked together in flight. A successful emergency landing is made at Brocklesby, New South Wales, and the four crewmen survive.

1942 – The three volunteer Eagle Squadrons, 71, 121 and 133, are officially turned over by the Royal Air Force to the fledgling 8th Air Force of the U.S. Army Air Forces and become the 4th Fighter Group.

1990 – Death of Giovanni Carta, Italo-American aviator and extreme skydiver, in the crash of a Lockheed P2V Harpoon during an airshow at Sacramento, Calif.

2006 – Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907, a Boeing 737-800, collides in mid-air with an Embraer Legacy business jet near Peixoto de Azevedo, Mato Grosso, Brazil, killing 154 total people, and triggering a Brazilian aviation crisis.

Updated: September 29, 2014 — 7:11 PM

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