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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – Birth of Ion Dobran, Romanian WWII flying ace and airliner pilot.

1929 – Frank Hawks and Oscar Grubb land their Lockheed Air Express in New York after a record flight of 18 hours and 20 minutes from Burbank, Calif.

1932 – The first air-to-air clash of the Shanghai Incident takes place, between five Japanese aircraft from the aircraft carrier Hōshō and nine Nationalist Chinese fighters.

1958 – A Boeing B-47E Stratojet of the 22d Bombardment Wing at March AFB, Calif., disappears 50 miles west of San Miguel Island, Calif., over the Pacific at night during a Hairclipper mission. The crew of three is lost and no trace of the bomber is found.

1972 – NASA and de Havilland Canada extensively modify a C-8 Buffalo (shown) for STOL (short take-off and landing) experiments.

1983 – Death of Harry George Armstrong, American aviator and pioneer in the field of aviation medicine; known as “the father of space medicine,”  the “Armstrong Limit,” the altitude above which water boils at the temperature of the human body, is named after him.

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Updated: February 4, 2016 — 11:50 PM

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