1945: Man Dangles from B-29 During Bombing of Tokyo

Feb 20

1945: Man Dangles from B-29 During Bombing of Tokyo

During a high-altitude raid over Japan, B-29 gunner Sgt Krantz’ observation blister was shot away and he dangled for 15 minutes before being pulled back up and suffering from frost bite.

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1913: World’s First Fighter Aircraft, the Vickers EFB1

Feb 13

1913: World’s First Fighter Aircraft, the Vickers EFB1

The Vickers EFB1, aka the Destroyer, was unsuccessful, but it was the world’s first fighter aircraft with the gun in the extreme nose of the aircraft.

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1935: USS Macon Crashes & Marks End of Navy’s Dirigible Program

Feb 12

1935: USS Macon Crashes & Marks End of Navy’s Dirigible Program

Today in 1935, the crash of the USS Macon (ZRS-5) near Big Sur would be the death knell of the Navy’s dirigible program.

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1939: Lockheed XP-38 Breaks Transcontinental Flight Record & Crashes

Feb 11

1939: Lockheed XP-38 Breaks Transcontinental Flight Record & Crashes

Today in 1939, First Lieutenant Benjamin Scovill (“Ben”) Kelsey took the prototype Lockheed XP-38 on a record-breaking transcontinental flight and crashes.

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1952: B-52 Stratofortress Goes Into Full-Scale Production

Aug 13

1952: B-52 Stratofortress Goes Into Full-Scale Production

Today in 1952, U.S. Air Force officials ordered the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, an eight-jet heavy bomber, into full-scale production.

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