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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Air Marshal Sir William Lawrie Welsh, British Royal Air Force officer who commanded British air operations during Operation Torch; he also was a World War I Royal Naval Air Service pilot.

1929 – Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout breaks the record for the first all-night flight by a woman as well as sets the women’s solo endurance record by flying more than 17 hours.

1930 – An Air Union Farman F.63 Goliath crashes during an emergency landing at Marden Airfield in England following the failure of the starboard tailplane; two of six aboard die.

1967 – First horizontal flight of the Dornier Do 31 (E3 prototype shown), West German experimental VTOL jet transport aircraft.

1995 – Two Peruvian Sukhoi Su-22 Ms are shot down by a pair of Ecuadorian Mirage F.1JAs. Almost simultaneously, a Peruvian Cessna A-37B also is shot down by an Ecuadorian Kfir C.2.

2000 – Death of Igor Bensen,  Russian-born American engineer and founder of the Bensen Aircraft, which produced a successful line of gyrogliders (rotor kites) and autogyros.

Updated: February 10, 2016 — 12:57 PM

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