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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – The Finnish Air Force is founded.

1944 – Avro Lancasters and Handley Page Halifaxes of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command begin an offensive against the German transport network in occupied Europe, attacking railway yards in France.

1946 – Birth of Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, French Air Force pilot and CNES astronaut.

1994 – Death of Birth of Melvin N. Gough,  American test pilot; he also was led flight research activities at NASA’s Langley Research Center, served as the director of NASA activities at the Atlantic Missile Range and was the head of the bureau of safety at the Civil Aeronautics Board.

2003 – First flight of the now AgustaWestland BA609, a twin-engined tiltrotor VTOL aircraft with a configuration similar to the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey.

2009 – VT-XRM, the second NAL Saras transport prototype (shown) operated by the National Aerospace Laboratory, crashes 19 miles from Bengaluru International Airport, India, killing all three crew members.

Updated: March 6, 2015 — 11:33 AM

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