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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Douglas Evan Cameron, British World War I flying ace.

1935 – First flight of the Blohm & Voss Ha 137 (shown), a  German ground-attack aircraft.

1957 – End of Operation Power Flite; a trio of BoeingB-52B Stratofortresses of the U.S. Air Force lands at March Air Force Base near Riverside, Calif., after flying for a total of 45 hours and 19 minutes, becoming the first jet aircraft. to circle the world nonstop.

1981 – Bell Helicopter delivers its 25,000th production helicopter.

1982 – Death of Josef Mai, German World War I fighter ace and World War II instructor.

1986 – An Aerovias Guatemala Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III crashes in the jungle five miles from Flores, Guatemala, after two missed approaches; all 87 occupants die.


Updated: January 17, 2016 — 10:41 PM

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