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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of David Esplin Smith, Scottish World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Bristol F.2b.

1952 – Birth of Mark Charles Lee,  U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut.

1953 – The sound barrier is broken over Australia for the first time by the Royal Australian Air Force in the first Australian-built CAC Avon Sabre (shown), a licence-built version of the North American F-86F Sabre, at Avalon, Victoria.

1958 – First flight of the Grumman Gulfstream I (company designation G-159), American twin-turboprop business aircraft.

1979 – Steve Hinton sets a piston-engined airspeed record in a specially-modified North American P-51 Mustang named the “Red Baron.” He reaches 499 mph over Nevada.

2005 – Helios Airways Flight 522, a Boeing 737-300, crashes into a mountain north of Marathon and Varnavas, Greece, killing all 121 passengers and crew.

Updated: August 14, 2015 — 2:43 AM

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