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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – Birth of Gerald “Gerry” Bell (shown), Royal Canadian Air Force pilot during World War II and Canada’s first African-Canadian airman.

1916 – Zeppelin LZ34 (L3) is stranded and destroyed in a gale in the German state of Jutland.

1930 – First flight of the Farman F-301, a French tri-engine airliner; it is the production version of the F-300.

1944 – In Operation Catchpole, American forces invade Eniwetok; aircraft from USS Saratoga (CV-3), USS Sangamon (CVE-26), USS Suwannee (CVE-27), and USS Chenango (CVE-28) support the landings.

1959 – A chartered Vickers Viscount 793 carrying the Turkish prime minister and other government officials crashes in heavy fog during its final approach into London Gatwick Airport; five of the eight crew and nine of the sixteen passengers die in the accident. Prime Minister Adnan Menderes is among the ten survivors.

1972 – Death of Gilbert Stuart Martin Insall VC MC, British World War I pilot.

Updated: February 17, 2015 — 12:09 PM

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