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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Marcel Robert Leopold Bloch, French World War I flying ace. 1921 – U.S. Army Air Service Martin NBS-1 bombers sink the decommissioned German battleship Ostfriesland in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia Capes after Billy Mitchell urges bombing trials to show the power of aircraft to sink major warships. 1932 – Wolfgang […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Edwin Harris Dunning, a British officer in the Royal Naval Air Service who becomes the first pilot to land an aircraft on a moving ship. 1929 – Delta Air Lines begins commercial aircraft operations as an aerial crop dusting operation called Huff Daland Dusters in  Macon, Ga. 1939 – First flight of the Bristol Beaufighter, originally conceived as a heavy fighter variant of the Bristol […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1877 – Birth of Karl Illner, Austrian aviation pioneer. 1917 – Death of Thomas “Tom” Wesley Benoist, American aviation pioneer who started the first scheduled aircraft service and founded Benoist Aircraft Co. 1919 – To protest against the fact pilots have to parade on foot at the World War I victory parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, French pilot Charles […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Rudolf Božík, Slovak World War II flying ace who served on the Eastern Front with the Axis forces. 1935 – The Bell Aircraft Co. is formed. 1940 – The preliminary phase of the Battle of Britain, the Kanalkampf or Channel battle, begins with German aerial attacks on convoys in the English […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of William Edwin Jenkins, British World War I flying ace. 1910 – Walter Brookins attains an altitude of 6,175 feet in a Wright biplane, becoming the first to fly a mile high and wins a prize of $5,000 for his feat. 1933 – Flying their Lockheed Sirius “Tingmissartoq” (shown), built in 1929 and […]
July 7th in Aviation History

July 7th in Aviation History

1911 – French Lieutenant de Vaisseau Jean Louis Conneau (pseudonym André Beaumont) wins the Circuit of Europe air race in a Blériot XI monoplane. 1921 – First flight of the Fairey Pintail (shown), a British single-engine floatplane fighter. 1960 – Birth of Kevin Anthony Ford, U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut. 1962 – Alitalia Flight 771, a Douglas DC-8, hits high terrain while […]

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July 1st in Aviation History

July 1st in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of George William Gladstone Gauld, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1923 – The first commercial flight is operated by SABENA between Brussels and London. 1962 – The Boeing Vertol 107 II (shown), an American medium-lift, tandem-rotor helicopter, enters scheduled service with New York Airways. 1968 – Death of Willi Gabriel, German […]
June 26th in Aviation History

June 26th in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Cosimo Rizzotto, Italian World War I flying ace. 1918 – Death of Edward Carter Eaton, Canadian World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Sopwith Camel. 1946 – The U.S. Army Air Force and the U.S. Navy adopt the “knot” and “nautical mile” as standard aeronautical units for speed […]

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June 23rd in Aviation History

June 23rd in Aviation History

1904 – Birth  of Alberto Ferrario, Italian aviator. 1924 – U. S. Army Lt. Russell Maughan makes the first one-day crossing of the U.S., completing the flight from Long Island to San Francisco in a Curtiss PW-8 (XPW-8B prototype shown) in 21 hours, 48 min. 1942 – First flight of the Martin JRM Mars, a large, four-engined cargo seaplane originally designed and built in limited numbers for the U.S. Navy […]
June 19th in Aviation History

June 19th in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Sidney Joseph “Jack” Cottle, British World War I fighter ace who served with the Royal Air Force through 1944. 1912 – The RFC’s Central Flying School opens at Upavon, Wiltshire, in South West England. 1942 – First flight of the SAAB 18 (shown), Swedish twin-engine bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. 1945 – More than 480 Boeing […]
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