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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Walter von Bülow-Bothkamp, German World War I fighter ace.

1909 – Wilbur Wright makes five flights in Centocelle, Italy, with King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy present. During one flight, a Universal News Agency cameraman accompanies him and takes the first motion pictures from an airplane in flight.

1944 – The first Boeing B-29 Superfortress arrives in China, beginning the build-up by the U. S. Army Air Forces’ Twentieth Air Force for a strategic bombing offensive against Japan.

1946 – First flight of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9, the Soviet Union’s first jet fighter (shown above).

1992 – A U.S. Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules carrying out an anti-narcotics mission over Peru is attacked by Peruvian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22s.

2005 – Ezer Weizman, seventh president of Israel, commander of the Israeli Air Force and minister of defense, dies; he also was a World War II and Arab-Israeli War fighter pilot.

Updated: April 24, 2013 — 11:48 AM

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