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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle, French World War I flying ace and high-ranking officer in the French air force during World War II.

1923 – The Canadian Air Force is granted the prefix “Royal.”

1933 – First flight of the Vultee V-1 (shown), an  American single-engined airliner.

1942 – The “Pearl Harbor of Australia” takes place when nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin, killing 243 people. It is the largest attack ever mounted by a foreign power against the country.\

1977 – Death of George Montague Cox, British World War I flying ace.

2011 – A USAF Pilatus U-28A of the 1st Special Operations Wing crashes 10 miles from Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, killing all four crew members.

Updated: February 18, 2016 — 9:53 AM

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