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August 27, 1939: First Jet Aircraft Takes Flight
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August 27, 1939: First Jet Aircraft Takes Flight

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Today in 1939, the Heinkel He 178, the world’s first practical jet aircraft, had its first flight. Erich Warsitz piloted the craft. The design was developed by Warsitz and an engineer named Hans von Ohain.