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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of George Donald Tod, American World War I flying ace.

1915 – The first aircraft to be launched from a submarine (U-12) is a Friedrichshafen FF.29, a German two-seat floatplane.

1931 – Italian Gen. Italo Balbo leads the first formation flight across the South Atlantic; 12 Savoia-Marchetti S.55s land in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after a flight from Orbetello, Italy.

1947 – First flight of the Kaman K-125 (shown); it utilizes intermeshing rotors and Kaman’s patented servo-flap stability control.

1992 – A Lockheed U-2R crashes into the Sea of Japan off the Korean coast on a mission from Osan Air Base, South Korea; the pilot, Marty McGregor, is killed.

1997 – Death of Hagiri Matsuo, Japanese Russo-Japanese War and World War II flying ace.

Updated: January 15, 2015 — 2:00 PM

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