On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of Walter Irving Newby Grant, Australian World War I flying ace.

1928 – Famed Canadian bush pilot Clennell “Punch” Dickins (shown) leaves on his 12-day survey of the eastern Arctic and covers more than 3,900 miles in 37 hours of flying, often navigating by the sun.

1947 – A Norwegian Air Lines Short S.25 Sandringham 6 flying boat crashes into a mountain Norway, killing all 35 people aboard; it is the deadliest aviation accident in Norwegian history at the time.

1947 – First flight of the Convair B-36A, an unarmed crew-trainer version of the American intercontinental bomber.

2008 – A Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor from the U.S. Air Force’s 411th Flight Test Squadron performs the first ever air-to-air refueling of an aircraft using synthetic jet fuel.

2010 – Death of Royal Air Force Wing Commander John Connell Freeborn , British World War II pilot; not only an ace but he also held the distinction of having flown more operational hours than any other RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain.

Updated: August 28, 2014 — 6:27 PM


  1. Can anyone tell me more about Walter Irving Newby Grant can not find any information on him after 1922?

  2. Still looking for Walter Irving Newby Grant born 1899 in Australia was a first war pilot ace lived in London with parent’s but vanished after 1922 he may have gone to Ireland ? Any help would be very grateful.

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