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On This Day: December 26

Aviation events for December 26

1948: I. V. Fedorov becomes the first Soviet pilot to break the sound barrier. He achieves the necessary speed by diving his Lavochkin La-176 jet, powered by a Rolls-Royce Nene engine, at full throttle.
1956: First flight of the Convair F-106 Delta Dart.
1980: Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service on its Moscow-Tashkent route.
1982: First flight of the Antonov An-124.

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