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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Hugh Allport Hay, British World War I flying ace.

1917 – Zeppelin LZ59 (LZ-104) ends its first flight by completing a journey through Africa in 96 hours.

1944 – The first bombing attack (since the Doolittle Raid) against Tokyo, the Japanese capital, from the east and by land is carried out by 111 Boeing B-29 Superfortresses; struck is the  Nakajima Aircraft Engine Plant at Musashino.

1952 – Death of William Otto Brash Winkler, Scottish World War I fighter ace.

1985 – Egyptian forces storm EgyptAir Flight 648, a Boeing 737-200, hijacked the day before. A gun battle with the hijackers leaves 60 people dead in the crossfire.

2003 – First flight of the Boeing X-50A Dragonfly (shown), an American gyrodyne unmanned aerial vehicle. It was created to demonstrate the principle that a helicopter’s rotor could be stopped in flight and act as a fixed wing.

 

Updated: November 24, 2014 — 6:35 PM

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