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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139005
Last updated: 27 October 2020
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Type:Morane-Saulnier Type G
Owner/operator:Russian Air Force
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Schowkwa -   Ukraine
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 25 August 1914, using a Morane-Saulnier Type G monoplane (s/n 281), Pyotr Nesterov rammed an Austrian reconnaissance plane Albatros B.II of Observer Baron Friedrich von Rosenthal and pilot Franz Malina from FLIK 11 after firing unsuccessfully at them with a pistol. Eager to destroy enemy aircraft, he probably intended to hit it with a landing gear of his Morane-Saulnier monoplane, but he hit it with his plane's propeller instead. As a result, both planes crashed. Nesterov, who had not strapped himself in, fell from his plane to his death. The Austrian pilot and Observer also died.
Nesterov became the first pilot to destroy an enemy airplane in flight in the history of military aviation.
It was the first air ram in the world.


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07-Oct-2011 11:09 krasatpi Added

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