On This Day in Aviation History

February 13, 2011

On This Day in Aviation History: February 13th

2003 – Continental and US Airways launch interline e-Ticketing.

2002 – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) takes over responsibilities for airport security from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

TSA pat down

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.

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Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.


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