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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Birth of Helmut Paul Emil Wick, German World War II fighter ace.

1936 – Chicago and Southern Air Lines Flight 4, a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, crashes after takeoff from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport due to pilot error, killing all eight aboard.

1936 – Five Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 bombers are among aircraft covering a convoy of merchant ships carrying 3,000 Nationalist soldiers and their equipment from Spanish Morocco to Spain.

1951 – First flight of the Hindustan HT-2, an Indian two-seat primary trainer.

1994 – Death of Clive Robertson “Killer” Caldwell (shown by cockpit), Australian World War II fighter ace, highest-scoring Curtiss P-40 pilot from any air force and the highest-scoring Allied pilot in North Africa. He also served in the South West Pacific Theater.

2012 – An Israeli airstrike halts an attempt by a group of gunmen to use commandeered Egyptian armored vehicles to ram their way through an Israeli border crossing from Egypt into Israel.

Updated: August 5, 2015 — 12:55 AM

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