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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Birth  of Erbo Graf von Kageneck (shown), German fighter pilot and World War II flying ace.

1937 – Swedish airplane manufacturer Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (SAAB) is established in Trollhättan, Sweden.

1947 – First flight of the Convair XB-46, an American medium jet bomber prototype.

1954 – Death of Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg, American pilot, high-ranking officer in World War II,  U.S. Air Force general, and second chief of staff.

1987 – A Royal Air Force Vickers VC-10, based on the long-range British airliner, sets a record time between the UK and Australia, landing in Perth after a flight of 16 hours, one minute.

2012 – UTair Flight 120, an ATR 72-200, crashes near Roschino International Airport in Western Siberia, killing 31 of the 43 people on board.

Updated: April 2, 2015 — 1:36 PM

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