On This Day in Aviation History
On This Day in Aviation History: February 13th
2002 – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) takes over responsibilities for airport security from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
1995 – A violent thunderstorm causes $5 million in damage at Miami International Airport. Four airliners and nine air-bridges are seriously damaged.
1972 – The Soviet Union starts to using Cuba as a base from which to spy on the US. The first mission is flown by two Soviet Tu-95s, which survey part of the east cost.
1963 – Pacific Southwest Airlines becomes a public corporation.
1943 – The Vought F4U Corsair naval fighter makes its operational debut in Solomon Island, escorting the US Navy’s version of the B-24, the PB4Y-1 Liberators in the Bougainville raid.
1936 – London-based Imperial Airways launches airmail service to West Africa.
1935 – Bruno Hauptmann is convicted of murder for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. He would be executed in the New Jersey’s infamous “Old Smokey” electric chair a year later.
1919 – The first post-war French commercial service is established on a route from Paris to Lille.
1913 – The world’s first airplane specifically designed to carry a gun, mounting a 37-mm cannon on biplane, is displayed for the first time at the second British Aero Show in London. Called Destroyer and built by Vickers, Sons & Maxim, it is officially called the Experimental Fighting Biplane No.1.