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On this Day in Aviation History — November 2.

On this Day in Aviation History — November 2.

On this Day in Aviation History continues to be a popular addition to the MAN website. Here’s the latest noteworth events to happen in aviation. 

1943: 75 Fifth Air Force B-25 Mitchells escorted by 80 P-38 Lightnings raid Rabaul, where they encounter the newly arrived Japanese carrier aircraft and lose nine B-25s and 10 P-38s shot down. They shoot down 20 Japanese planes and sink two merchant ships and a minesweeper.



1947: The Hughes H-4 Hercules (registration NX37602) (“Spruce Goose”), a prototype heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company made its first and only flight.


1952: A F3D Skynight destroys a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 – the first time a jet fighter intercepts at night successfully.


1954: The Convair XFY1 accomplishes its first transitions from vertical to horizontal flight and vice-versa.


1969: The United States Air Force (USAF) issues “Requests for Proposals” for a new bomber aircraft, under the designation B-1.


Updated: July 15, 2015 — 3:37 PM

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