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On This Day: December 8

Aviation events for December 8

1938: Germany officially launches its first aircraft carrier, the 280-foot by 89-foot Graf Zeppelin.
1940: The New York City experiences its first blackout and anti-aircraft exercise, around the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
1945: First flight of the Bell 47 prototype NC1H.
1949: Muroc Army Airfield is renamed Edwards Air Force Base in honor of test pilot Glen Edwards.
1964: A United Lines Caravelle makes the first landing in the USA completely controlled by computer (automatic touchdown).
2006: NASA F/A-18 Hornet modified with Active Aeroelastic Wing is designated the X-53.

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