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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Corliss Champion Moseley (shown), American U.S. Army aviator, World War I fighter pilot and later a civilian trainer. He also becomes the winner of the first Pulitzer Air Race flying a Verville-Packard R-1 Racer.

1954 – A Cathay Pacific Douglas DC-4 is shot down by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Lavochkin La-7 fighters in the South China Sea near Hainan Island; 10 perish, but eight survive.

1963 – A modified Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon helicopter breaks the FAI absolute helicopter world speed record with a speed of 217.7 mph.

1971 – First flight of the GAF Nomad, Australian twin-engine turboprop.

1977 – Death of Hans Karl Müller, German World War I flying ace.

2011 – NATO aircraft strike a Libyan government military storage facility, a multiple rocket launcher, and a command-and-control node near the Brega seaport.

Updated: July 23, 2015 — 3:28 PM

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