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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – The first circle and turn performed by a monoplane is carried out by the Antoinette II (originally the Gastambide-Mengin II).

1928 – First flight of the SPAD S-92, French single-seat biplane trainer.

1932 – Birth of George William Samuel Abbey, U.S. Air Force pilot and  director of the Johnson Space Center; he becomes the man most responsible for the International Space Station.

1943 – Death of Hilda Beatrice Hewlett, the first British aviatrix to earn a pilot’s license and a successful early aviation entrepreneur. She also created and ran the first flying school in the UK.

1957 – The U.S. Air Force formally cancels the Republic XF-103 Mach 3 interceptor program (mockup shown).

1998 – A Lumbini Airways de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 crashes in a mountainous region near Ghorepani, Nepal, killing all 18.

Updated: August 21, 2015 — 11:02 AM

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