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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – Death of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace, killed in the crash of his Bristol F.2.

1933 – First flight of the Fiat CR.32 (shown), Italian biplane fighter used in the Spanish Civil War and World War II.

1947 – A Trans-Canada Air Lines Lockheed 18-08A Lodestar crashes on a wooded slope west of Mount Elsay while on approach to Vancouver, B.C., killing all 15.

1957 – Birth of Léopold Eyharts, brigadier general in the French Air Force and ESA astronaut.

1981 – The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon’s first air-to-air combat success is achieved by the Israeli Air Force over the Bekaa Valley when two Syrian Mil Mi-8 helicopters are shot down.

1986 – Pan Am returns to the Soviet Union, using a Boeing 747 from JFK International Airport in New York.

Updated: April 28, 2015 — 2:32 PM

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