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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Bruno Loerzer, German World War I flying ace and high-ranking officer in World War II.

1918 – Canadian World War I fighter ace George Robert Howsam scores four victories with his Sopwith Camel.

1919 – Death of Carrick Stewart Paul, New Zealand World War I flying ace; he drowns at sea while returning home.

1948 – First flight of the Short Sealand (shown), a British twin-engined commercial amphibian.

1971 – A U.S. Navy Lockheed P-3C Orion lands in Patuxent River, Md., after a flight of 15 hours and 21 minutes from Atsugi, Japan, setting a nonstop distance record for a turboprop-powered aircraft of 7,010 miles.

2013 – Two Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations aircraft carry 77 Russian citizens fleeing the Syrian Civil War from Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, to Moscow.

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Updated: January 21, 2016 — 11:16 PM

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