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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Birth of Yoshimi Minami, Japanese World War II fighter ace.

1916 – Flight Sub Lt. Arthur Ince, a Royal Flying Corps observer, shoots down a Geman seaplane off the coast of Belgium; it becomes the first Canadian aerial victory. Ince is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

1952 – A Royal Air Force Boeing B-29 Superfortress flies into ground near RAF Marham while attempting a radio compass landing in bad weather. Both pilots, the navigator-plotter and the radio operator are killed; the flight engineer and one of the air gunners suffer serious injuries.

1966 – Death of Patrick Gordon “Bill” Taylor, Australian World War I flying ace, author, airliner and raid pilot.

1984 – First flight of the Grumman X-29 (shown), an American experimental aircraft with a forward-swept wing, canard control surfaces, and other novel aircraft technologies.

2006 – A Boeing B-52 Superfortress takes off from Edwards Air Force Base with synthetic fuel powering all eight engines; it is the first time a USAF aircraft is entirely powered by using alternative fuel.


Updated: December 14, 2015 — 1:24 AM

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