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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Keith Logan “Grid” Caldwell, New Zealand World War I fighter ace and World War II Royal New Zealand Air Force high-ranking officer.

1908 – First flight of the British Army Aeroplane No. 1, or sometimes known as Cody 1, a British biplane; it is the first recognized powered and sustained flight in the UK and is made by Samuel Franklin Cody. The plane flies 1,391 feet before crashing.

1918 – Death of Albert Haussmann, German World War I fighter ace; he is shot down in flames while strafing troops near Romagne in northwestern France. Jumping from the burning plane, he is killed when his parachute fails to open in time.

1953 – A world speed record of 728 mph over a 62-mile closed course is set by Robert O. “Bob” Rahn flying a Douglas XF4D Skyray (shown).

1992 – First female Royal Air Force helicopter pilot, Flight Lt. Nicky Smith, graduates from No. 89 Course, No. 2 Flying Training School at RAF Shawbury.

2013 – Lao Airlines Flight 301, an ATR72-600, crashes into the Mekong River on approach in poor weather to Pakse International Airport, Laos, killing all 49 people on board.

Updated: October 16, 2014 — 5:36 PM

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