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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – British aviation pioneer Cecil Grace vanishes over the English Channel during a flight from Calais, France, to Dover, England.

1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Camel (shown), a British World War I biplane fighter.

1934 – The first night bombing in South America is done by a Macchi M.18, an Italian flying boat operated by the Paraguayan government during the Chaco War.

1944 – Death of Yoshio Hirose, Japanese Sino-Japanese War and World War II flying ace; he perishes while ramming his Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar into a Boeing B-29 Superfortress over Nagoya, Japan, in late WWII.

1974 – Birth of Simone Cavelli, Italian Air force pilot and solo pilot of the aerobatic team “Frecce Tricolori.”

2009 – American Airlines Flight 331, a Boeing 737-800, overuns the runway during a landing hampered by poor weather in Kingston, Jamaica. The plane continues on the ground outside the airport perimeter and breaks apart, causing only injuries.

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Updated: December 22, 2014 — 3:53 PM

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