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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – The Curtiss D pusher-engined biplane, with a tricycle landing gear is demonstrated to the U.S. Army; it later becomes Army Aeroplane No.2.

1957 – A Douglas C-47A Skytrain  named “Mt. Pinatubo” crashes on the slopes of Mount Manunggal in Cebu, Philippines; killed are Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.

1963 – Death of Pierre Desire Augustin Ducornet, French World War I flying ace who served in World War II.

1966 – First flight of the Bell X-22A (shown), a U.S. V/STOL X-plane with four tilting ducted fans.

1976 – A Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 makes the first non-stop flight from Tokyo to New York, taking less than 12 hours for the 6,300-mile journey.

1982 – Death of Paul Kollsman, American inventor who invented barometers and other instruments for aviation.

Updated: March 17, 2015 — 3:54 PM

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