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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Karlis Irbitis, Latvian airplane designer.

1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a on that day, his last victories of the war.

1948 – Test pilot Edwin Schoch makes the first successful release and hook-up to a converted Boeing EB-29B Superfortress mother ship in the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin (shown).

1964 – First flight of the Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion, a U.S. heavy-lift transport helicopter developed for the U.S. Marine Corps.

1980 – Death of Francesco Pricolo, Italian aviator, aeronautical engineer and chief of staff of the Italian Regia Aeronautica during World War II.

2011 – A Moremi Air Cessna 208B Grand Caravan crashes shortly after take-off from Xakanaka Airstrip, Botswana, killing eight of 12 aboard.

Updated: October 14, 2015 — 4:24 AM

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