On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Death of Gustav Hamel, pioneer British aviator, over the English Channel while returning from Paris in a new 80-hp Morane-Saulnier monoplane.

1916 – Birth of Tiberiu Vinca, Romanian World War II flying ace.

1938 – First flight of the Fiat CR.42 (shown), Italian single-seat sesquiplane fighter.

1958 – Flying a Douglas F4D-1 Skyray, U.S. Marine Corps Major Edward N. LeFaivre breaks five world climb-to-height records, including 49,221 feet in under 3 minutes.

1988 – “Shamu One,” a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 painted like and named after a SeaWorld killer whale, begins flying for the airline.

2012 – A Pakistan Army School of Aviation Schweizer 300C crashes into the Chenab River; two aboard are killed.

Updated: May 23, 2016 — 2:15 PM
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