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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – British Army Capt. B. F. S. Baden-Powell makes a kite ascent from Pirbright Army Camp, England, in what appears to be the first use of man-carrying kites, called Levitors, outside China.

1919 – A permanent flight of aircraft is stationed in San Diego, Calif., to serve as a forest fire patrol. The machines are war-surplus Curtiss JN-4s.

1920 – Birth of Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Japanese World War II fighter ace.

1929 – First flight of the Saunders A.10 (shown), a private venture fighter prototype fighter.

1976 – Aeroflot Flight 418, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashes into a mountain side on the island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea; all 45 on board die.

1997 – Death of Cecil Arthur Lewis, British World War I flying ace; he was the last surviving WWI ace, later an author and also co-founded the BBC.

Updated: January 26, 2016 — 9:21 PM

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