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On This Day in Aviation History May 28 th
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1887 - Birth of Armand Pinsard, French WWI fighter ace who served during WWII.

1889 - Birth of Ernest Arthur Deighton, British WWI fighter ace who also served in WWII.

1892 - Birth of Tone Hippolyte Bayetto, British WWI fighter pilot

1893 - Birth of Yves Felix Barbaza, French WWI flying ace

1893 - Birth of Donald Roderick MacLaren, Canadian WWI fighter ace, who helped to found the Royal Canadian Air Force, and later formed Pacific Airways

1895 - Birth of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South african WWI fighter ace.

1895 - Birth of Guy Borthwick Moore, Canadian WWI flying ace.

1896 - Birth of Edwin Arnold Clear, British WWI flying ace

1897 - Birth of Umberto Calvello, Italian WWI flying ace

1910 - Birth of Robert 'RT' Jones, American engineer, credited by NASA as inventor of the swept-back and oblique wing concepts.

1913 - 1st flight of the Avro 503 Type H, British military seaplane, evolution of the Avro 500.

1914 - Glenn Curtiss successfully flies the refurbished Langley Aerodrome for a distance of approximately 150 ft. at Keuka Lake, Hammindsport, New York.

1914 - Birth of Wilfrid George Gerald Duncan Smith, British RAF WWII Flying ace.

1916 - 1st flight of The Sopwith Triplane, British single seat fighter aircraft with Harry Hawker (co-founder of Hawker Aircraft) as test pilot.

1916 - Death of Lydia Vissarionovna Zvereva, 1st russian woman to gain a pilot's licence.

1917 - Death of Nikolay Kirillovich Kokorin , Russian WWI flying ace, killed in action in his Nieuport 21.

1918 - Death of Rex George Bennett, British WWI flying ace, killed in action in his Bristol F.2b .

1918 - Death of Reginald Milburn Makepeace, British WWI fighter ace, killed in a flying accident at Turnberry Aerodrome.

1920 - 1st Lewis & Vought VE-7 Bluebird (Vought Experimental No.7, US early Two-seat trainer biplane of the United States) is delivered to the U.S. Navy.

1921 - Death of Geo Mestdagh, Belgian aviation pioneer.

1921 - Death of Archie Miller, US Army officer, early officer of the US Army air service, perhaps one of the original advocates of a united Air Service, immediately after the WWI Armistice, killed in the crash of a Curtiss Eagle passenger airplane in a terrific wind and electrical storm.

1930 - 1st flight of The Blackburn B-1 Segrave, British twin-engine four-seat touring aircraft.

1931 - A Bellanca CH-300 fitted with a Packard DR-980 (American nine-cylinder air-cooled engine), piloted by Walter Edwin Lees and Frederick Brossy, set a record for staying aloft for 84 hours and 32 minutes without being refueled

1933 - Death of Margarete (Marga) Wolff gen. von Etzdorf, german raid aviatrix.

1938 - The sole Bristol Type 146, British single-seat eight-gun fighter monoplane prototype and last single-engined fighter built by Bristol, struck a "set-piece" display while taxying and is damaged beyond economic repair.

1940 - A 806 Naval Air Squadron pilot Mid A. G. Day scores What was probably the sole confirmed victory of the Blackburn B-25 Roc, Shooting down a Ju-88 near Ostende.

1944 - Birth of Paul Desmond Scully-Power AM, American oceanographer. He flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-41-G as a Payload Specialist. He was the 1st Australian-born person to journey into space.

1944 - K-123 and K-130,  K-class blimps of the United States Navy (USN) Airship Patrol Squadron 14 left South Weymouth, MA for the 1st transatlantic crossing by non-rigid airships.

1945 - Death of Sakuji Hayashi, Japanese WWII flying ace, killed in action.

1947 - 1st flight of the Sukhoi Su-11, Soviet early jet fighter prototype, evolution of the SU-9

1947 - BSAA trials non-stop flights from London to Bermuda using aerial refueling over the Azores

1948 - HMS Venerable (R63) , Colossus-class aircraft carrier,is commissioned as HNLMS Karel Doorman (R81),  Royal Netherlands Navy light attack carrier.

1954 - Arthur W. Murray piloted the Bell X-1A to a new record of 90,440 feet (27,570 m).

1959 - 25 ex-RCAF Beech Expeditors flew across the Atlantic under the Military Assistance Program, to Portugal and France.

1959 - Able (American-born rhesus monkey) and Baker(South American squirrel monkey) are launched Aboard Jupiter AM-18 for a 16 minutes biological flight.

1963 - 1st flight of the 2nd prototype Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon (SA3210-02), naval version of the French three-engined heavy transport helicopter.

1966 - Death of John Edwardes Pugh, Canadian WWI flying ace

1969 - 1st flight of the Saunders ST-27, Canadian twin engine regional airliner, conversion of the earlier de Havilland Heron, featuring two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprops and a stretched fuselage.

1970 - 1st flight of The Meridionali/Agusta EMA 124, Italian light utility helicopter prototype

1971 - Launch of Mars 3, Soviet unmanned lander, 1st spacecraft to touch down on Mars.

1971 - 1st flight of The Dassault Mercure, French twin-engined jet-powered airliner.

1971 - WWII hero and actor Audie Murphy died in his Aero Commander 680 while flying in a thunderstorm over Roanoke, VA

1974 - Death of Matthew Brown 'Bunty' Frew, Scottish WWI flying ace.

1981 - 1st flight of The Yakovlev Yak-55, Russian single seat aerobatic aircraft.

1987 – 19-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a rented Cessna 172 in the Red Square in Moscow.

1989 - 1st flight of The AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo, commonly known as the Indigenous Defence Fighter (IDF), Taiwanese air superiority jet fighter with multirole capability.

1995 - Serb forces shoot down a Mil Mi-8 carrying the Bosnian foreign minister and a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon

1997 - Death of Amy Lynn Svoboda, American military aviatrix, Killed in the crash of her A-10 Thunderbolt, 1st woman pilot fatality in the USAF.

1997 - Linda Finch, American businesswoman, aviatrix and an aviation historian, lands back at the Oakland Airport, after having retraced the flight path of Amelia Earhart. Finch closely followed the same route that Earhart flew, stopping at 36 way-points in 18 countries, finishing the trip in two and a half months (a total of 73 days).

1999 -  Caroline Aigle becomes the 1st woman to receive the French Air Force's coveted fighter pilot wings.

2002 - NASA reports that 2001 Odyssey's GRS ( robotic spacecraft orbiting the planet Mars) had detected large amounts of hydrogen, a sign that there must be ice lying within a meter of the planet's surface.

2003 - Death of Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov, Soviet cosmonaut.

2013 - Launch of Soyuz TMA-09M, Russian Soyuz mission to the ISS.