On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Johann Frint, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace.

1935 – First flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk (A model shown), also known as the Curtiss Hawk Model 75, a single-engined American fighter.

1937 – German Zeppelin LZ-129, the Hindenburg, catches fire and explodes while attempting to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, N.J.

1945 – A Consolidated B-24 Liberator of the Royal Air Force sinks that service’s last German submarine, U-3523, with depth charges near Norway.

1995 – Death of Adriano “Arrighi” Mantelli, Italian fighter ace of the Spanish War, record-setting glider pilot and aircraft designer.

2006 – A Westland Lynx AH.7 of the Royal Navy is shot down over Basra, Iraq, killing five crewmen and crashing into a house; it is the first British helicopter and second British aircraft downed due to enemy fire in the Iraqi war.


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