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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – Frenchman Henri Jullerot demonstrates the Bristol Boxkite, a pusher biplane based on the successful Farman III, in Calcutta before a crowd of 100,000.

1942 – Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world.

1944 – First flight of the McDonnell XP-67 Bat (shown), a twin-engine bomber destroyer.

1963 – Birth of Philippe Perrin, French Air Force pilot, test pilot and former CNES and European Space Agency astronaut.

1985 – Death of Vladimir Konstantinovich Kokkinaki, Soviet Union test pilot; he held 22 world records and was a former president of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

2008 – Two U.S. Navy fighters, a Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet and a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, collide in mid-air over the North Persian Gulf during routine ops from the USS Harry S Truman. One pilot ejects and is recovered.

Updated: January 6, 2015 — 2:54 PM

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