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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of George Robert Howsam, Canadian World War I fighter ace; he also would become director of training for the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII.

1932 – First flight of the de Havilland Fox Moth, a British passenger biplane.

1944 – German raids of more than 70 fighter-bombers attack Allied ships off Anzio with guided bombs, sinking the British light cruiser HMS Spartan, a Liberty ship and badly damaging a salvage tug.

1944 – Two squadrons of U. S. Navy PB2Y Coronados bomb Wake Island, the tenth American strike of the war against Wake and the first since October 1943.

1972 – Death of Viktor Fedorovich Bolkhovitinov, Soviet engineer, aircraft designer and leader of the team that developed the Bereznyak-Isayev BI-1, a rocket-powered World War II-era plane.

2013 – SCAT Airlines Flight 760, a Bombardier CRJ200 (shown), crashes in thick fog near Kyzyltu, Kazakhstan, 3.1 miles short of the runway at Almaty; all 21 people aboard perish.


Updated: January 29, 2015 — 11:53 AM

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