On This Day in Aviation History

December 23, 2010

On This Day in Aviation History: December 23rd

Understandably, Mother Fokker was most upset about Anthony death.
Understandably, Mother Fokker was most upset about Anthony death.
Understandably, Mother Fokker was most upset about Anthony death.

Understandably, Mother Fokker was most upset about Anthony's death.

2005 – Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 crashes five minutes after a night-time departure out of Baku in poor weather. The Antonov An-140-100 registered 4K-AZ48 had experienced some sort of systems failure, and the flight crew became disoriented, striking the ground on the shore of the Caspian Sea.

2002 – The first engagement of a conventional aircraft on an unmanned drone occurs when an Iraqi MiG-25 shoots down an MQ-1 Predator that was performing recon over the No-Fly Zone. The Predator fired a Stinger air-to-air missile at the MiG, which missed and was responded to with a missile from the Iraqi jet, destroying the drone.

1978 – Alitalia Flight 4128, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 registered I-DIKQ, crashes while on approach to Palermo International Airport. the pilots had descended prematurely, thinking they were closer to the airport than they were. They leveled off at 150- feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea when a change in wind speed caused the right wing to clip the water. Fishing boats retrieved the 21 survivors out of the water, whereas 108 people died.

B-1 Lancer

B-1 Lancer

1974 – The Rockwell B-1 Lancer strategic bomber makes its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base. Still in service, the long-range bomber is now the only swept-wing aircraft still in active duty for the United States.

1972 – Braathens Flight 239, a Fokker F-28 Fellowship registered LN-SUY, crashes in Asker, Norway. the aircraft was on approach to Fornedu Airport at night and in low visibility when they hit the ground, killing 40 of the 45 on-board.

1972 – Andrei Tupolev dies at the age of 86.

1940 – United Airlines launches the first ever all-cargo service, flying from New York to Chicago.

1939 – Anthony Fokker dies in New York at the age of 49.

Here is a dramatic clip of a B-1 Lancer delivering a nuclear missile…