On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – Birth of Leonid Illarionovich Ivanov, Soviet World War II flying ace who also served during the Finnish-Soviet Winter War.

1934 – James Ayling and Leonard Reid takes off for the first non-stop flight from Canada to England in a de Havilland DH.84.

1941 – More than a dozen Ilyushin DB-3T torpedo bombers of the Baltic Fleet drop the first Soviet bombs on Berlin at night.

1986 – First flight of the British Aerospace EAP (shown), a British technology demonstrator aircraft developed as a private venture; it eventually formed the basis for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

1995 – Death of Herbert Ihlefeld, German fighter ace of the Spanish Civil War and World War II.

2007 – An RAF Aérospatiale-Westland Puma HC.1 of 33 Squadron crashes in a wooded area near Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, England;  two RAF crew die in the crash, while a British Army private dies two days later. Nine others are injured but survive.

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