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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1938 – First flight of the Bell P-39 Airacobra, a principal American fighter in service at the start of World War II. It is the first fighter in history with a tricycle undercarriage and the first to have the engine installed in the center fuselage, behind the pilot.

1962 – The Royal Canadian Air Force retires the last Canso flying boat (similar shown) at Downsview, Ontario.


Updated: April 2, 2019 — 3:48 PM

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