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On This Day: April 5

Aviation events for April 5

1937: The first jet aircraft designed and built in Czechoslovakia, the Aero L-29 Delfin, makes its first flight. Over 3,000 of these two-seater jet trainers are produced for the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact air forces.
1937: The Douglas Aircraft Company takes over Northrop.
1958: USAF Atlas ICBM was successfully flown from Cape Canaveral, FL, to the impact area some 600 miles away.
1959: First flight of the Aero L-29 Delfin.
1968: Monarch Airlines commences flight operations.
1976: Howard Hughes dies aboard a Learjet, aged 70.
1982: Royal Navy aircraft carriers HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible depart the United Kingdom for the Falkland Islands.
1996: First flight of the Lockheed C-130J.

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