On This Day in Aviation History NOVEMBER 25th

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1836 - Birth of Almerico da Schio, Italian aviation pioneer

1883 - Birth of Merrill Church Meigs, American newspaper publisher and aviation promoter. -

1898 - Birth of Charles Walter Odell, British WWI flying ace

1906 - Birth of Joaquín Collar Serra, Spanish military aviator who took part in the historic flight of the Cuatro Vientos from Seville, Spain to Camagüey, Cuba

1907 - Birth of John Stuart Hindmarsh, also known as Johnny Hindmarsh, English race car driver and aviator.

1909 - 1st flight of the EDA I, Slovenian biplane aircraft built by Edvard Rusjan. The height of the flight was 2 m (6 ft 7 in), whereas the distance was 60 m (200 ft). -

1911 - 1st flight (as a seaplane) of The Lakes Waterbird, British early aeroplane, sometimes known as the Avro Curtiss type. (remembered as the 1st consistently successful British seaplane).

1913 - Raymonde de Laroche won the Aero-Club of France's Femina Cup for a non-stop long-distance flight of over 4 hours duration. -

1917 - Birth of Marcel Albert, French WWII fighter ace. -

1918 - The Italian airline, Posta Aerea Transadriatica, begins regular mail flights from Venice.

1920 - Lt. Corliss Champion Moseley flew a Verville-Packard 600 132 miles at 156.54 mph, Winning the 1st Pulitzer Race at Mitchel Field., New York.

1924 – The dirigible LZ 126 is commissioned into the U. S. Navy as USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) at Naval Air Station Anacostia in Washington, D. C.

1930 - A flight of Fairey IIIDs of No.47 Squadron are back in Khartoum after a nearly one month flight over West Africa.

1930 - 1st flight of The Fairey Hendon, British twin engine monoplane heavy bomber, 1st all-metal low-wing monoplane to enter service in the RAF

1930 - Canadian Airways Ltd. acquired companies controlled by the Aviation Corporation of Canada and Western Canada Airways.

1931 - 1st flight of the Couzinet 33 'Biarritz', French 3 engine monoplane prototype, designed as a raid/mail aircraft. -

1940 - Birth of Reinhard Alfred Furrer, German physicist and astronaut

1940 - 1st flight of The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, British multi-role twin engine combat aircraft, known affectionately as the "Mossie" to its crews and was also nicknamed "The Wooden Wonder". Originally conceived as an unarmed fast bomber, the Mosquito was adapted to many other roles during the air war, including: low to medium altitude daytime tactical bomber, high-altitude night bomber, pathfinder, day or night fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike aircraft, and fast photo-reconnaissance aircraft. It was also used by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as a transport.

1940 - 1st flight of The Martin B-26 Marauder, American twin-engine medium bomber.

1943 - Death of Shizuo Kojima, Japanese WWII flying ace, killed in action.

1944 - Death of Yoshimi Minami, Japanese WWII fighter ace, Killed while attempting to crash his aircraft into enemy ships off Leyte as a participant in Kamikaze operations.

1945 - Col. Joseph Holzapple took off with a Douglas A-26 Invader for a round-the-world trip from Savannah, Georgia, to demonstrate the ability of U.S. light bombers to reach any point in the world quickly.

1956 - Malev is established as the Hungarian state airline.

1956 - 1st ever to parachute land at the South Pole, Sgt. Richard J. Patton jumps from 1,500 feet from a C-124 Globemaster as a test to determine the cause of parachute malfunction in sub-zero weather conditions.,4055029

1956 - 4 B-52Bs of the 93rd BW and 4 B-52Cs of the 42nd BW flew nonstop around the perimeter of North America in Operation Quick Kick, which covered 15,530 miles (13,500 nmi, 25,000 km) in 31 hours, 30 minutes.

1958 - Death of Henry Kapférer, French engineer, adventurer and early aircraft designer.

1958 - Death of Charles Franklin Kettering, American inventor, engineer, businessman, and the holder of 186 patents. While working with the Dayton-Wright Company he developed the "Bug" aerial torpedo, considered the world's 1st aerial missile.

1959 - 1st flight of The Lockheed P-3 Orion (YP3V-1), production version of the American four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft developed from the L-188 Electra commercial airliner.

1961 - 1st nuclear USN powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise is commissioned.

1962 - 1st flight of The Nicollier HN 433 Menestrel, French homebuilt low-wing single-engine single seat light aircraft -

1970 - 1st (powered) flight of The Northrop M2-F3, American heavyweight lifting body rebuilt from the Northrop M2-F2

1972 - Death of Henri Marie Coanda , Romanian inventor, aerodynamics pioneer and builder of an experimental aircraft in 1910, the Coanda-1910 described by Coanda as the world's 1st jet.

1981 - Frenchmen Hélène Dorigny and Michel Arnould lift off in the Hot-air balloon 'Semiramis' for a new hot-air balloon distance record.

1985 - An Aeroflot Antonov AN-12, cargo airplane in route from Cuito Cuanavale to Luanda was shot down by a surface-to-air (SA) missile of the South African Special Forces and crashed approximately 43 km (27 mi) east of Menongue, Angola, killing all 21.

2002 - Launch of Astra 1K, largest civilian communications satellite ever launched, weighing 5,250 kg (11,600 lb).

2004 - Death of Dumitru Chera, Romanian WWII flying ace and airliner pilot -

2005 - Death of Yoshio Shiga, Japanese Navy 2nd Sino Japanese War and WWII flying ace who led one of the aircraft carrier Kaga's fighter divisions during the 1st strike on American forces on Oahu, famous for his strong objection against the tactic of suicide attack (Kamikaze) he saved many lives of Japanese young pilots.

2009 - 1st flight of The Gulfstream G650, American twin-engine business jet aircraft