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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – Birth of Bozidar “Bosko” Petrovich, Yugoslavian flying ace of the Spanish Civil War.

1916 – Flying his new Nieuport 11 fighter, World War I Italian ace Francesco Baracca scores his first victory, holing the fuel tank of an Austrian Hansa-Brandenburg C.I and wounding its two-man crew. This becomes the first aerial victory for Italy in the war.

1922 – The U.S. Corps Observation Group makes its first patrol, becoming the first American aviation unit to enter action in Europe.

1967 – First flight of the Aérospatiale Gazelle (SA 341F variant shown), a French military craft used for light transport, scouting and light attack duties.

1987 – Death of Noel Francis Parrish, U.S. Air Force pilot, commander of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, and brigadier general after the Korean War.

1999 – Turkish Airlines Flight 5904, a Boeing 737 with no passengers aboard, crashes on take off in southern Turkey due to bad weather, killing the crew of six.

Updated: April 21, 2016 — 4:49 AM

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