DateOn This Date In Aviation HistoryInformation Source
8/12/1943B-26 Marauders attack Poix Nord.The Mighty Eighth by Roger A. Freeman
8/12/1955First flight of prototype Hispano HA-200 Super Saeta.Aeroplane Monthly, January 2006
8/12/1942USS Wolverine(IX-64),one of the Great Lakes training carriers, is commissioned.Aeroplane Monthly, December 2005
8/12/1942The USS Wolverine (IX-64) was commissioned at Buffalo, Cdr. G.R. Fairlamb commanding. This ship and the USS Sable, commissioned the following May, were Great Lakes excursion ships converted for aviation training and as such they operated for the remainder of the war on the inland waters of Lake Michigan. They provided flight decks upon which hundreds of student naval aviators qualified for carrier landings and many flight deck crews received their first practical experience in handling aircraft aboard ship.United States Naval Aviation 1910-1960 by Deputy Chief Of Naval Operations
8/12/1953In the first successful shipboard launching of a fully guided Terrier, the missile was fired from the USS Mississippi (EAG-1), and collided with its target an approaching Grumman F6F drone.United States Naval Aviation 1910-1960 by Deputy Chief Of Naval Operations
8/12/1915During the Dardanelles campaign, a Short 184 launched by HMS Ben-my-Chree became the first aircraft to sink a ship with a torpedo.Aviation Century - The Early Years by Ron Dick & Dan Patterson
8/12/1922The fifth Schneider Trophy Race at Naples was won by a British Supermarine Sea Lion II at an average speed of 145.7mph (234 km/h)Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
8/12/1960The North American X-15A research aircraft reached a height of 136,300ft, a new world record.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
8/12/1976Italy's Aeromacchi MB-339 two-seat multi-role trainer/light strike aircraft made its first flight.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
8/12/1978Pilatus flew the first prototype PC-7 Turbo-Trainer in Switzerland.08201978Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
8/12/1941Captain Homer Boushey makes the first takeoff in an Army Ercoupe aircraft specially modified with three small solid fuel rockets fastened beneath each wing. The system is incorrectly dubbed Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO).U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
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