On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Albert Dossenbach, German World War I fighter ace.

1917 – England is attacked by a force of 22 Gotha bombers of the Imperial German Air Service at Sheerness in Kent.

1944 – More than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.

1948 – The second Northrop YB-49 flying wing prototype bomber is lost. Its pilot, U.S. Air Force Maj. Daniel Forbes (for whom Forbes Air Force Base, now Forbes Field, in Kansas, was named) and co-pilot, Capt. Glen Edwards, (after whom Edwards Air Force Base in California is named) are killed, as are three other crew members.

1967 – Boeing delivers its 1,000th jet airliner, a 707-120B for American Airlines.

1989 – The massive Antonov An-225 Mriya flies into Paris for the 1989 Paris Air Show with the Soviet Shuttle Buran on its back; the combination has a takeoff weight of 1,234,600 pounds, the greatest weight ever lifted into the air.

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