On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Cesare Magistrini, Italian World War I flying ace, commercial pilot and Italian SAS pilot during World War II. He also served as the pilot for the King of Yemen after WWII.

1934 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz takes off from Paris with a Breguet 27 S christened “Joe III” for a tour of Asia.

1947 – A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Douglas DC-3C crashes on takeoff at Kastrup, Denmark, killing all 22 aboard including opera singer Grace Moore.

1965 – Brazil’s naval air arm is re-established as an independent service. It had been absorbed by the air force in 1941.

1976 – Death of Forster Herbert Martin Maynard, New Zealand World War I flying ace and an air officer commander of Malta during the early part of World War II.

2010 – First flight of the Kawasaki XC-2 (second prototype shown), a Japanese military transport aircraft.

Updated: January 26, 2016 — 8:25 PM
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