On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of James “Robbo” Milne Robb, a Scottish World War I flying ace and a high-ranking Royal Air Force officer.

1941 – First flight of the Tupolev Tu-2,, a Soviet twin-engine bomber.

1944 – More than 70 German fighter-bombers attack Allied ships off Anzio with guided bombs, sinking the British light cruiser HMS Spartan and a Liberty ship as well as badly damaging a salvage tug.

1979 – Death of John Elmer “Jack” Drummond, Canadian World War I flying ace.

1991 – McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagles of the U.S. Air Force’s 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing shoot down two Iraqi Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23s using AIM-7 Sparrow missiles.

2010 – First flight of the Sukhoi PAK FA (shown), a Russian stealth fighter prototype.

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