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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1916 – Birth of Siegfried Schnell, German World War II flying ace.

1918 – First American Expeditionary Force (AEF) balloon ascent is made at the Balloon School at Cuperly in France.

1943 – The pilot of a Japanese Nakajima A6 M2-N (“Rufe”) floatplane fighter discovers American forces have occupied Amchitka. Japanese aircraft from Kiska begin frequent raids against the island that day and continue them for almost four weeks.

1948 – First flight of the de Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover (Mk.3A version shown), a small Australian transport; it is a derivative of the de Havilland Dove.

1961 – Death of Redford Henry “Red” Mulock, first Canadian World War I flying ace and the first in the Royal Naval Air Service; he also held a high-ranking Royal Canadian Air Force post-WWI before joining Canadian Airways.

1982 – World Airways Flight 30, a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10, overshoots the runway at Boston, Mass.; two passengers reported missing.


Updated: January 23, 2015 — 11:05 AM

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