On This Day…December 21st
Great modeler’s reference of a F4U-1 Corsair of No. 16 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, being serviced at Green Island (now Nissan Island), Bougainville, 21 Dec 1944.
Squadron Commander Samson flew a Farman MF-II for its first night bombing mission when it attacked a German artillery installation in Ostend on 21st December, 1914 – flying from St Pol, Dunkirk.
A SdKfz 251 halftrack left disabled after the battle at Baraque de Fraiture in Belgium during December 21st and 22nd 1944 against American forces in the Battle of the Bulge.
1915 – 21st December; Claudius Dornier tries to test fly the giant German Zeppelin-Lindau RsI hydroplane on Lake Constance in Germany, but it fails to reach enough speed to takeoff.
Pan American Boeing 747 ‘Maid of the Seas’ is blown up in mid-air by a terrorist bomb over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground are killed.
General Dynamics F111 (Aardvark) flew for the first time on Dec 21st, 1964. It was the worlds first aircraft with variable geometry wings.
December 21, 1970 – Tan Son Nhut, Vietnam. Red Cross worker Christine Foerster of Florida tosses ditty bag up to C-119 pilot Capt. Bert H. Blanton.