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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1923 – Birth of Alfred “Bubi” Schreiber, German World War II flying ace; he later claims the first aerial victory by a jet fighter in aviation history.

1924 – Death of Georges Felix Madon, French World War I fighter ace, air racer and raid pilot.

1929 – Inter-Island Airways – the future Hawaiian Airlines – commences operations.

1937 – Messerschmitt chief pilot Dr. Hermann Wurster sets a world air speed record for landplanes with piston engines when his Messerschmitt Bf 109 V13 reaches 379.38 mph.

1942 – First flight of the Lockheed XP-49 (shown), an American single-seat, twin-engine fighter prototype and an advancement on the P-38 Lightning.

2002 – Laoag International Airlines Flight 585, a Fokker F-27 Friendship,  crashes into Manila Bay after takeoff from Ninoy Aquino International Airport after plane’s engines began to fail; 15 of 34 die.

Updated: November 11, 2014 — 6:41 AM

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