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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Harry George Ernest Luchford, British World War I fighter ace.

1939 – Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfires of No. 602 and No. 603 Squadrons bring down a Heinkel He-111 near Haddington in Lothian. This is the first enemy aircraft to be brought down on mainland Britain during World War II.

1949 – First flight of the Martin XB-51 (shown), American “tri-jet” ground attack prototype.

1949 – An Air France Lockheed Constellation, en route from Paris-Orly to New York, strikes Redondo Mountain on approach at Santa Maria, Azores, killing all aboard including French boxer Marcel Cerdan.

1971 – Death of Jesús Antonio Villamor, Filipino World War II fighter pilot and intelligence officer.

1998 – An Air China jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.


Updated: October 28, 2015 — 12:36 AM

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