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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1906 – The Wright brothers are granted a U.S. patent for their airplane control system.

1943 – A U. S. Navy antisubmarine hunter-killer group scores a kill of an enemy submarine for the first time when General Motors TBM Avengers from the escort aircraft carrier USS Bogue sink the German submarine U-569 in the North Atlantic Ocean.

1959 – Birth of Matevž Lenarcic, Slovenian raid aviator, alpinist, paraglider, environmentalist, photographer and author; he was the first person to circle the world in an ultralight without a copilot.

1981 – First flight of the Gulfstream American Peregrine 600 (shown), an American military trainer prototype.

1988 – Death of Edgar Charles Johnston, Australian World War I fighter ace and leading member in civil aviation in Australia.

2010 – Air India Express Flight 812, a Boeing 737–800, crashes at Mangalore International Airport with the loss of 162 lives.

Updated: May 22, 2015 — 2:06 AM
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