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May 14, 1941: During testing, the Grumman XP-50 prototype (39-2517) is lost, falling victim to a turbo-supercharger explosion that destroyed the aircraft….

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May 7, 1918: The Curtiss 18T, unofficially known as the Wasp and by the United States Navy as the Kirkham, made its first flight. It was an…

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April 30, 1952: The first North American Aviation F-86H Sabre fighter bomber made its first flight with test pilot Joseph…

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April 23, 1941: At North American Aviation’s Inglewood, Calif., factory, test pilot Louis Sanford Wait takes the very first production…

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April 9, 1942: U.S. forces on the Bataan Peninsula on the main Philippine island of Luzon surrendered to the Japanese….

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April 2, 1942: After loading 16 North American Aviation B-25B Mitchell medium bombers and their crews of the 17th Bombardment…

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March 26, 1940: The Curtiss C-46 Commando made its first flight. The Commando was a twin-engine transport aircraft derived from…

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March 19, 1910: Orville Wright opens the first Wright Flying School in Montgomery, Ala., on a site that will later become Maxwell Air…

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March 12, 1917: A German submarine sinks an unarmed U.S. merchant ship, the steamship Algonquin on the same day that…

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March 5, 1946: Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., in which he said:…

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Feb. 26, 1942: The first United States aircraft carrier, USS Langley, CV-1, is attacked by Japanese bombers. The Langley was converted…

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Feb. 19, 1917: The first recorded medical evacuation flight is carried out by the Royal Flying Corps. Lance Cpl. MacGregor…

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Feb. 12, 1959: The last B-36J built and the last one in operational U.S. Air Force service, Serial Number. 52-2827,…

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