On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Karl Paul Schlegel, German World War I fighter ace and balloon-buster.

1912 – A Wright biplane, flown by U.S. Army Lt. Thomas De Witt Milling at College Park in Maryland, becomes the first airplane to be armed with a machine gun.

1917 – Royal Air Force ace Maj. Edward “Mick” Mannock claims his first (of 61) victories.

1942 – A 93-plane strike from U.S. aircraft carriers Lexington and Yorktown sinks Shōhō – the first Japanese carrier ever sunk – prompting an American dive bomber pilot to send one of World War II’s most famous radio messages, “SCRATCH ONE FLATTOP,” during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

1984 – First flight of the first Pilatus PC-9 (M model shown).

2011 – Yves “Jetman” Rossy completes an eight-minute flight along the Grand Canyon in Arizona flying his jet-propelled wing attached to his back,  steering only by moving his body.


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