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On This Day: December 6

Aviation events for December 6

1960: The first flight of the Sikorsky S-61L helicopter is made in the United States. It serves as a transport craft as well as patrol, rescue, and even anti-submarine duty.
1966: The West German Luftwaffe grounds its fleet of F-104s to investigate continuing accidents with the type.
1975: The first airmail flight by a supersonic aircraft is made by the Tupolev Tu-144, carrying mail between Moscow and Alma Ata, within the U.S.S.R.

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