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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – At Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal, Japan, Lt. Yozo Kaneko makes the Imperial Japanese Navy’s first flight, piloting a Farman seaplane for 15 minutes and reaching an altitude of 100 feet.

1918 – Death of Harold Goodman “Shoey” Shoemaker, American World War I flying ace, when he collides in mid-air with another Sopwith Camel.

1944 – The Royal Canadian Air Force No. 6 Squadron sends 293 bombers to attack Dortmund, Germany; it is was the largest force sent out by the unit.

1954 – First flight of the Fairey Delta 2 (shown), a British supersonic research jet.

1978 – Birth of Liu Yang, Chinese pilot and first Chinese woman in space.

1981 – NLM CityHopper Flight 431, a Fokker F28 Fellowship, is destroyed in flight by a tornado near Rotterdam, killing all 17 people on board.

Updated: October 6, 2015 — 1:29 AM

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