On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of Edward Corringham “Mick” Mannock, British World War I fighter ace and one of the highest-scoring British Empire aces of all time; he also is regarded as one of the greatest fighter pilots of World War I.

1912 – Anthony Fokker crashes his Goedecker-built B1912 monoplane at Berlin, just 10 days after demonstrating it to the German Army.

1951 – The English Electric Canberra, a first-generation, jet-powered light bomber, enters service with the Royal Air Force’s No. 101 Squadron.

1967 – First flight of the Aero Spacelines Mini Guppy (shown above), a large, wide-bodied U.S. cargo aircraft used for aerial transport of outsized cargo components.

1988 – TACA Flight 110, a Boeing 737, suffers dual engine failure due to water ingestion, but lands safely at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. All on board survive.

1989 – Death of Viktor Schobinger, German World War I flying ace.

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