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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1836 – Birth of Almerico da Schio, Italian aviation pioneer.

1924 – The dirigible LZ 126 is commissioned into the U. S. Navy as USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) at Naval Air Station Anacostia in Washington, D. C.

1930 – A flight of Fairey IIIDs of the Royal Air Force No. 47 Squadron return to Khartoum, Sudan, after a nearly one-month flight over West Africa.

1940 – First flight of the Martin B-26 Marauder (B model shown), an American twin-engine medium bomber.

1985 – An Aeroflot Antonov AN-12, a cargo airplane enroute from Cuito Cuanavale to Luanda, is shot down by a surface-to-air missile of the South African Special Forces, crashing 27 miles east of Menongue, Angola. All 21 aboard perish.

2004 – Death of Dumitru Chera, Romanian World War II flying ace and airliner pilot.

Updated: November 25, 2015 — 12:13 AM

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