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Re: On This Day In Aviation History

Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:21 am

77 years ago today, the SAAB 21, a Swedish piston-engine fighter and attack aircraft, flew for the first time.



66 years ago today, the Grumman F11F Tiger (later redesignated F-11) flew for the first time.



65 years ago today, the first Lockheed U-2 spy plane was delivered.



62 years ago today, the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou flew for the first time.



61 years ago today, the Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter flew for the first time.

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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:02 am

79 years ago today, the Lockheed Ventura, a twin-engine medium bomber and patrol bomber developed from the Model 18 Lodestar transport, took to air for the first time.



75 years ago today, Fifi, one of only two flying B-29 Superfortresses in the world today, rolled off the production line.



64 years ago today, the Fouga CM.175 Zéphyr, a carrier-capable jet trainer developed from the land-based CM.170 Magister, flew for the first time.



23 years ago today, the Boeing 737-800 flew for the first time.

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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:44 pm

77 years ago today:
Aircraft workers at Malton, Ontario, swarm around the first Canadian-built Lancaster bomber. The Avro 683 Lancaster X, the first Canadian-built four-engined aircraft, took its first flight #OTD in 1943. Named the Ruhr Express, the bomber served with 419 Squadron in Europe. Do you know what eventually became of it?


72 years ago today:
on this date in 1948 the Northrop YC-125 Raider Tri-motor assault transporter flew for the first time.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:11 pm

66 years ago today, the Convair XFY Pogo, an experiment in vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tail-sitter, flew for the first time.



65 years ago today, the Lockheed U-2 spy plane flew for the first time.



54 years ago today, the Douglas DC-9-30 flew for the first time.

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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:39 am

54 years ago today, the Sukhoi Su-17 (NATO code name: Fitter), a variable-sweep wing fighter-bomber developed from the Sukhoi Su-7, flew for the first time. While the 'Fitter' was designated the Su-17 in the Soviet Air Force (later Russian Air Force), the 'Fitter' was given the export designations of Su-20 and Su-22.

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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:47 am

35 years ago today:
On this date in 1985 Delta 191 went down in Dallas. https://www.avgeekery.com/delta-191-whe ... rought-d…/
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:12 pm

20 years ago today, the Boeing 737-900 flew for the first time.

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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:59 pm

75 years ago today:
#OTD in 1945, the Kyūshū J7W1 Shinden ("Magnificent Lightning") prototype made its first flight. The unique design featured wings at the rear of the fuselage, a forward canard, and pusher engine. It was to be a cutting-edge land-based interceptor for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) built in response to Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Only two prototypes were finished before the end of war though... do you know what happened to them?
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:40 am

49 years ago today, the Agusta A109 (now known as the Leonardo AW109) flew for the first time.



23 years ago today, the L-159 ALCA flew for the first time.

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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:56 pm

78 years ago today:
On this date in 1942 USAAF Lieutenants K. Ambrose and S. A. Long shot down two Japanese Kawanishi H6 K4 "Mavis" flying boats near the Aleutian Islands. These were the first Lockheed P-38 victories of the war.


77 years ago today:
on this date in 1943 North American XB-28A-NA, 40-3058, crashed at sea off the California coast. The crew was rescued but the program did not survive.


66 years ago today:
On this date in 1954 the prototype (P.1A) that would be developed into the English Electric Lightning flew for the first time.
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