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On This Day: June 23

Aviation events for June 23

1905: Wilbur and Orville Wright make their first flight of 1905 in Huffman Prairie, Ohio, in their new Flyer III, the first practical airplane in history.
1913: The first large airplane designed exclusively as a bomber makes its first flight in Russia. Known as the “Russki Vityaz,” (Russian Knight) it was designed by Igor Sikorsky and built by the RBVZ [Russko-Baltijskij Vagonnyj Zavod (Russo-Baltic Cart Works)].
1924: The prototype Focke-Wulf A 16 monoplane makes its first flight. Capable of carrying four passengers, it is the first product of Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau GmbH.
1980: Sanjay Gandhi, son of Indira Gandhi, dies when his private aerobatic biplane has an accident.
1985: Air India Flight 182, a Boeing 747, explodes off the Irish coast, killing all 329 on board. A terrorist bomb is suspected, but never confirmed.
2006: The RAF Retire the Canberra from service after 55 years.

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