On This Day in Aviation History NOVEMBER 26th

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1892 - Birth of Francis Richard Cubbon, British WWI observer and flying ace.

1896 - Birth of Fritz Krebs, German WWI flying ace.

1896 - Birth of Oliver "Stewpot" Stewart, British WWI flying ace and aviation journalist.

1898 - Birth of John Sharpe Griffith, American WWI flying ace who, postwar, flew for the White Army forces in Russia against communists, and returned to service in the USAAF during WWII. -

1909 - 1st flight of the Willows No. 2, british semi rigid airship

1911 - Charles Weymann pilots the Nieuport IVG monoplane to win the military aviation trials at Reims in France.

1915 - 1st pilot to fly from Toronto to New York is Victor Carlstrom who flew a Curtiss R-2 biplane and was in the air for 6 hours and 40 minutes.

1916 - Birth of Ildebrando Malavolta, Italian WWII pilot.

1924 - 1st night catapult launch from a ship, the USS California is performed by Lt Dixie Kiefer with a Vought UO-1 in the harbor of San Diego.

1925 - 1st flight of The Tupolev TB-1 (development name ANT-4), Soviet bomber aircraft, angular monoplane that served as the backbone of the Soviet bomber force for many years, and 1st large all-metal aircraft built in the Soviet Union.

1925 - Death of James Anderson "Jimmy" Slater, British WWI fighter ace, killed in a flying accident, whilst instructing at Central Flying School, Upavon. -

1928 - Eastman Aircraft Corp.. is incorporated into Detroit Aircraft.

1929 - 1st night carrier landing by a fighter, After taking off from Hal Far, Malta, a Fleet Air Arm Fairey Flycatcher flown by Owen Cathcart-Jones lands aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous. -

1929 - 1st flight of The Vickers Type 177, British single-seat fighter biplane prototype for the Fleet air Arm, evolution of the Type 143.

1932 - 1st flight of the Bratu 220, Romanian 3-engine High wing monoplane airliner built in France, which remained a prototype. -

1937 - Birth of Boris Borisovich Yegorov, Soviet physician-cosmonaut and 1st physician to make a space flight.

1943 - Death of Georges Joseph Van Sluÿters (aka Georges de Feure), French painter, theatrical designer, industrial art designer and early aviator and aircraft designer.

1943 - Death of Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare, Irish-American US Navy's 1st WWII flying ace and Medal of Honor recipient, Missing in action with his F6F Hellcat, during the 1st ever Navy nighttime fighter attack from an aircraft carrier to intercept a large force of enemy torpedo bombers -

1944 - Death of Alfred 'Bubi' Schreiber, German WWII flying ace, noted for claiming the 1st aerial victory by a jet fighter in aviation history, killed in a crash landing at Lechfeld flying his Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a. . His wheels caught the lip of a slit trench, causing his Me 262 to cartwheel.

1944 - A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's shop on New Cross High Street, United Kingdom, killing 168 shoppers.

1951 - 1st flight of The Gloster Javelin, British T-tailed delta-wing "all-weather" interceptor aircraft, last aircraft to bear the Gloster name.

1957 - 1st flight of The Piaggio P.166, Italian twin-engine pusher-type utility aircraft, development of the P.136 amphibian.

1960 - Death of Thomas DeWitt Milling, American pioneer of military aviation and a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 1st rated pilot in the history of the USAF.

1965 - 3rd country to enter outer space is france launching its 1st satellite Asterix-1 from he Hammaguir launch facility in the Sahara Desert with a a Diamant-A rocket.

1968 – USAF helicopter pilot James Phillip Fleming rescues an Army Special Forces unit pinned down by Viet Cong fire with his UH-1F and is later awarded the Medal of Honor.

1969 - 1st flight of The Conroy Skymonster (CL-44-0), American specialized cargo aircraft prototype with an outsize fuselage.

1975 - Launch of FSW-0-2 (Fanhui Shi Weixing), Chinese 1st generation recoverable reconnaissance satellite.

1979 - Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK740 Boeing 707-340C crashed after takeoff from Jeddah International Airport killing all 156 on board, after a stewardess reported a fire near the aft cabin passenger door.

1981 - French Hélène Dorigny and Michel Arnould set a new hot-air balloon distance record of 1,154 kilometres (717 miles) in the Hot-air balloon 'Semiramis'.

1985 - Launch of STS-61-B, NASA space shuttle Atlantis mission to deploy 3 communications satellites and to test techniques of constructing structures in orbit, carrying Rodolfo Neri Vela., 1st mexican in space.

1987 - Death of Thomas George Lamphier, Jr., American WWII fighter pilot who was 1st solely, then partially credited with shooting down the plane carrying Admiral Yamamoto, the commander in chief of the Japanese Imperial Navy.,_Jr.

1988 - Launch of Soyuz TM-7, Soviet manned spacecraft to dock with the Soviet Space Station Mir.

1990 - Death of George Burges, British WWII Flying ace and high ranking officer post war. -

1990 - 1st flight of Delta II 7000 rocket, American space launch system.

1991 - Death of Edward Henry Heinemann, noted military aircraft designer for Douglas Aircraft Company.

1993 - An Aérospatiale TwinStar helicopter and a Piper Archer airplane collided and crashed in central Auckland, killing all 4 occupants — both civilian pilots and 2 police officers aboard the helicopter

2003 - Last flight of the Concorde, G-BOAF from Heathrow to Bristol.

2005 - Indian Vijaypat Singhania reached an altitude of 69,852 feet (21,291 meters) in a hot air balloon, setting a new world record. -

2010 - Soyuz TMA-19, manned spaceflight to the ISS, is back on earth

2010 - Launch of HYLAS-1, British communication satellite, acronym for Highly Adaptable Satellite.

2011 - Launch of Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), Nasa robotic space probe mission to Mars with the rover CURIOSITY which objectives include determining Mars' habitability, studying its climate and exogeology, and collecting data for future human missions.