On This Day in Aviation History

March 6, 2010

On This Day in Aviation History: March 6th

A Sikorsky SH-3A, similar to these, set a distance record on a transcon flight on this day in 1965.

2007 – ANA announces orders for 4 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

2003 – Air Algerie Flight 6239 crashes on takeoff from Tamanrasset, Algeria, killing all but one of the 103 on-board. The Boeing 737-200 (7T-VEZ) suffers a contained engine failure on rotation and is unable to maintain altitude, coming back to Earth a few thousand feet beyond the runway.

2003 – Hooters Air begins service, operated by Pace Airlines. The business would last less than three years.

2003 – Continental launches nonstop service from its Newark Liberty International Airport hub to Geneva, Switzerland.

1990 – An SR-71 sets a transcontinental speed record, flying from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. (2,404 miles) in 64 minutes, 20 seconds.

1986 – Japan Air Lines flies the world’s heaviest man, an 880-pound Austrian. His trip to Frankfurt, Germany required the removal of 16 seats.

1965 – The first nonstop flight across North American by a helicopter takes place by a Sikorsky SH-3A Sea King. Flying from the deck of the USS Hornet in San Diego, the aircraft covered 2,116 miles to the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in Jacksonville, Florida. This is also a distance record for choppers.

1935 – Federal regulations are put into place preventing flying over certain areas of Washington D.C.

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