On This Day in Aviation History
Today in Aviation History: February 12th
2004 – Exactly four years and one day after the launch of JetBlue, United Airlines responds to its low cost competitors with Ted.
2002 – An Iran Air Tupolev Tu-154 crashes into mountains while descending for a landing at Khorramabad Airport in Iran, killing 119.
1991 – Bye-bye meatball! Continental unveils their blue and gray paint scheme.
1981 – Max Anderson and Don Ida make a failed attempt to circumnavigate the world by balloon. Their craft, the Jules Verne only covers 2,900 miles (4,667 km) from Luxor to New Delhi.
1979 – Air Rhodesia Flight 827, a Vickers Viscount, is shot down by guerrillas between Kariba and Salisbury in South Africa with a Strela 2 missile, killing all 59 on-board.
1959 - The last prop-powered bomber in the US Air Force Strategic Air Command, the Convair B-36, is retired.
1961 - The U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 towards Venus.
1935 - The USS Macon, a US Navy scouting zeppelin with the ability to launch fighter aircraft, is damaged in a storm and sinks off the coast of California.
1928 - Lady Mary Heath leaves Cape Town in an Avro Avian in an attempt to make the first solo flight by a woman from South Africa to England. She will arrive in Croydon on May 17th.
1921 - The U.S. Army Air Service establishes the first in an expending series of airways – routes safely surveyed by the army civilian and commercial users linking towns and cities by air – by leasing land between Washington and Dayton, Ohio to facilitate stopovers.
1914 - Igor Sikorsky’s giant four-engined biplane, the Ilya Muromets, flies in Russia.