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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Geoffrey Herbert Hooper, Australian World War I flying ace who served in the Royal Air Force until halfway through World War II.

1936 – Aer Lingus, the flag carrier of Ireland, is founded.

1945 – An Avro Lancaster on a night mission against Potsdam becomes the last British bomber shot down by a German night fighter during World War II.

1965 – First flight of the Aérospatiale SA 330A Puma (B model shown), a twin-engined medium transport-utility helicopter.

1986 – Death of Sergei Nikolajewitsch Anochin, Soviet test pilot.

2007 – Two British Aérospatiale Puma helicopters collide in midair  near Taji, north of Baghdad; both aircraft crash and two crewmen perish.

Updated: April 15, 2015 — 1:21 AM

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