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BOMBER MADE ITS DEBUT ON THIS DAY ~

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On September 21, 1942, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress made its
debut flight in Seattle,
Washington. It was the largest bomber
used in the war by any nation.

The B-29 was conceived in 1939 by Gen. Hap Arnold, who was
afraid a German victory in Europe would mean the United States
would be devoid of bases on the eastern side of the Atlantic from
which to counterattack. A plane was needed that would travel
faster, farther, and higher than any then available, so Boeing set
to creating the four-engine heavy bomber.

The plane was extraordinary, able to carry loads almost equal to
its own weight at altitudes of 30,000 to 40,000 feet. It also sported
the first radar bombing system of any U.S. bomber.

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Henry Harley Arnold
(June 25, 1886 – January 15, 1950)

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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CAMILLE
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Henry Louis Gehrig 
(June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941)

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ROSS SIMPSON

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SANDY KOZEL

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LBJ died on his Hill Country Ranch in January 1973.

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Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973)

Johnson served as the 36th president of the United States
from 1963 to 1969.

He holds the distinction of being one of the few presidents
who served in all elected offices at the federal level.

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NAVY FLIGHT 19 LOST ON THIS DAY IN 1945

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At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising
Flight 19 took off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in
Florida
on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to
take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back
over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base.
They never returned.

Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who
had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that
his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position
was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the
location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two
more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.

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