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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Clive Beverley Glynn, British World War I flying ace.

1911 – The Avro Type D, a British biplane, becomes the first seaplane to take off from British sea water.

1942 – The Japanese Imperial Navy launches an air raid on Trincomalee in Ceylon (Sri Lanka); Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Hermes and the Royal Australian Navy Destroyer HMAS Vampire are sunk off the island’s east coast.

1960 – The giant Tupolev Tu-114 Rossiya (shown), a Soviet long-range airliner, sets a world speed record for propeller-driven airplanes of 545.07 mph. It carries a 55,116-pound payload and flies around an official 3,107-mile closed circuit in the USSR.

1967 – First flight of the Boeing 737, an American single-aisle jetliner.

1983 – Death of Robert H. McIntosh, a British aviator, World War II fighter and test pilot; his flying career spanned 54 years between 1917 and 1971.

 

Updated: April 9, 2015 — 1:22 AM

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