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On This Day: June 22

Aviation events for June 22

1909: Wykoff, Church and Partridge, a car sales firm, becomes the USA’s first airplane sales agency.
1910: The German firm “Delag” inaugurates the first regular passenger-carrying airship service. Between 1910-1914, its five Zeppelin airships carry nearly 35,000 passengers without a fatality over inland German routes.
1933: The Tupolev ANT-25 monoplane, designed to win the world long-distance record for the USSR, makes its first flight.
1941: Germany invades the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa). 1,200 Soviet aircraft are destroyed on the first day alone.
1961: A Royal Air Force Avro Vulcan makes the first non-stop flight from England to Australia.
1966: First flight of the Dassault Mirage IIIV second prototype, experimental VTOL fighter design.
1984: Richard Branson's airline, Virgin Atlantic, begins services to North America, using Boeing 747s.
1989: ---First flight of the June 22 - Rutan Voyager.
1990: Bombardier purchases Learjet for $US 75.85 million.
2012: Syrian antiaircraft fire shoots down a Turkish Air Force F-4 Phantom II fighter on a training mission over the Mediterranean Sea off Turkey's Hatay Province, killing its two-man crew. Syria claims the aircraft violated its airspace; Turkey admits a momentary violation but claims the F-4 was shot down 15 minutes later in international airspace 13 nautical miles (15 statute miles; 24 km) from Syria.

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