On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Harold Francis “Kiwi” Beamish, New Zealand World War I flying ace.

1917 – First flight of the Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker, famous World War I German triplane.

1927 – Irish-born Lady Mary Bailey establishes a new light airplane altitude record of 17,283 feet in a de Havilland D. H. 60 Moth, at the company’s airfield in Edgeware, Middlesex (now London, England).

1943 – Death of Franco Lucchini, Spanish War and World War II Italian fighter ace, after bailing too low from his Macchi 202 as he attacked a U.S. bomber formation near Scordia, Sicily.

1955 – The sole Supermarine Type 525, a prototype British naval jet fighter (shown above), is unable to recover from a flat spin 20 minutes after take-off; in the crash, the military test pilot is killed and the aircraft is destroyed.

2010 – A Romanian Air Force Antonov AN-2T carrying paratroopers crashed on take off at the end of the runway at Tuzla; 12 are killed.


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