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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of George Raby Riley, British World War I fighter ace.

1921 – American James Herbert Knight, part of a relay team that flew 2,629 miles across the U.S., lands his de Havilland DH-4B in Chicago, completing the first overnight transcontinental air mail delivery.

1929 – First flight of the Breguet 27 (model 274 shown), French all-metal observation biplane.

1937 – Douglas delivers its first production B-18 Bolo, a medium bomber.

1944 – Death of Yoshio Wajima, Japanese World War II flying ace, killed in action.

2011 – Two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters, a Bell UH-1Y  Venom and a Bell AH-1W SuperCobra, collide at night on the Yuma training range in Arizona All seven crew members perish.

Updated: February 24, 2016 — 12:12 AM

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