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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Giulio Lega, Italian World War I flying ace.

1935 – First flight of the Curtiss SOC Seagull, an American single-engined observation biplane; it is configurable as a seaplane (shown) or with landing gear.

1941 – Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for standard production aircraft, makes her first test flight for Piper Aircraft Corp. of Lock Haven, Pa.

1956 – A Sikorsky S-56 helicopter, in service with the U.S. Marine Corps, records a speed of 162mph.

1996 – Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763, a Boeing 747, and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907, an Ilyushin Il-76, collide in mid-air near New Delhi, killing 349.

2006 – Death of Stefan Pucas, Romanian World War II flying ace.


Updated: November 12, 2014 — 1:07 PM

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