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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1917 – Birth of Izidor Kovarik, Slovak World War II fighter ace who served on the Eastern front with the Axis forces.

1936 – First flight of the Vought V-141 (shown), a American prototype single-seat fighter.

1942 – In Operation Picket II, HMS Eagle makes the third delivery of Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfires to Malta, flying off seven.

1958 – Death of Clyde Edward Pangborn, also known as “Upside-Down Pangborn” American aviator, stunt pilot; he was the first person to fly non-stop across the Pacific Ocean along with Hugh Herndon, Jr.

1979 – Quebecair Flight 255, a Fairchild F-27, crashes after an explosion in an engine, killing 17 of 24 on board.

2006 – The Sea Harrier was withdrawn from Royal Navy service.

 

Updated: April 21, 2016 — 4:59 AM

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