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5 May 1948
  • VF-17 became the first US Navy squadron to be qualified to fly jets from an aircraft carrier. Three days of operations aboard the USS Saipan saw the squadron's pilots checked out on a minimum of eight take-offs and landings each. ww2dbase [AC]
  • German prisoner of war Georg Jantschi made a unsuccessful suicide attempt while in Soviet captivity at the Lefortovo Prison in Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [Lefortovo Prison | Moscow | CPC]
United States
  • Curtiss XP-87 Blackhawk prototype jet fighter took its first flight. ww2dbase [CPC]

5 May 1948 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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Thomas Dodd, late 1945

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