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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Louis Blériot, in a Blériot VIII-ter, flies 4.3 miles.

1929 – The Do-X, a German long-range flying boat, breaks the world record for the number of people carried on a single flight; it lifts 150 passengers, a crew of 10 and 9 stowaways.

1944 – First deliberate kamikaze attack takes place when a Japanese plane (either a Aichi D3A dive-bomber or a Mitsubishi Ki-51), carrying a 440-pound bomb, attacks HMAS Australia off Leyte Island as the Battle of Leyte Gulf begins.

1961 – First flight of the Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic (shown), a French long-range reconnaissance, patrol and anti-submarine aircraft.

1966 – Birth of Douglas Gerald Hurley, American engineer, U.S. Marine Corps pilot and NASA astronaut.

2012 – Death of William Louis Buchanan Walker, British World War II fighter pilot and poet; he was the oldest surviving pilot from the Battle of Britain.

Updated: October 21, 2014 — 12:50 PM

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