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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of James Dudley Beane, American World War I flying ace, killed in action near Bantheville, France.

1935 – A United Air Lines Boeing 247D crashes during an instrument check flight near Cheyenne, Wyo., killing the four crew aboard.

1939 – The first German aircraft shot down over France, as well as the first such aircraft brought down by a single-seat fighter, in World War II is a Dornier Do 17, brought down by a Hawker Hurricane of No. 1 Squadron Royal Air Force near  Vassincourt.

1942 – First flight of the MÁVAG Héja, a Hungarian fighter aircraft based on the Italian Reggiane Re.2000.

1953 – Birth of Aleksandr Fyodorovich Poleshchuk, Russian Air Force pilot and cosmonaut.

1978 – The Indian government approves the purchase of the SEPECAT Jaguar (shown) for the Indian Air Force.

Updated: October 29, 2015 — 11:38 PM

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