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August 6 - Today in Aviation History:

1945: Major Richard Ira Bong, America's leading fighter ace of WWII with 40 victories, is killed when the P-80A jet he is testing at Lockheed's Burbank facility, crashes on takeoff due to a fuel pump malfunction.  Bong ejects safely but at very low altitude and does not survive his resulting injuries.

Major Richard Bong in the cockpit of his Lockheed P-38 during the war in the Pacific.

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