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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – French Lieutenant de Vaisseau Jean Louis Conneau (pseudonym André Beaumont) wins the Circuit of Europe air race in a Blériot XI monoplane.

1921 – First flight of the Fairey Pintail (shown), a British single-engine floatplane fighter.

1960 – Birth of Kevin Anthony Ford, U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut.

1962 – Alitalia Flight 771, a Douglas DC-8, hits high terrain while descending due to navigation error near Junnar, Maharashtra, India; all 94 die.

1974 – Death of Alexander Yakovlevich Bereznyak, Soviet aircraft and missile designer.

2010 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its first international appearance at the UK’s Farnborough Airshow.

Updated: July 7, 2015 — 11:16 AM

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