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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1884 – Birth of Alessandro Marchettí, Italian engineer and airplane designer.

1917 – Scottish World War I fighter ace William Charles Campbell scores a trio of victories with his Nieuport Scout in a one-hour mission, earning him England’s Military Cross.

1940 – First flight of the Shavrov Sh-7 (shown), a Soviet amphibious flying boat.

1943 – Death of Yoshio Oki, Japanese Sino-japanese War and World War II fighter ace, killed in action over RusselI Islands (part of the Solomon Islands).

1955 – Thirty-four Argentine Naval Aviation and Air Force airplanes, consisting of 22 North American AT-6s, five Beechcraft AT-11s, a trio of Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boats, and four Air Force Gloster Meteors, strafe and bomb Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires. It is the first step in what becomes an eventually aborted coup d’état.

1984 – Frontier Airlines pilot Emily Warner and co-pilot Barbara Cook make history by directing the first all-female commercial airline crew on a flight from Denver to Lexington, Ky.

Updated: June 16, 2016 — 12:07 AM
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