On This Day in Aviation History

February 17, 2011

On This Day in Aviation History: February 17th

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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2006 – Aloha Airlines emerges from 14 months of bankruptcy protection. They would file for Chapter 11 again a little over two years later and cease passenger operations soon after that.

An Asiana Cargo 747. (Photo by Michael F. McLaughlin)

1988 – Asiana Airlines is established in Seoul, South Korea. Flights begin the following December with flights to Busan.

1974 – US Army Private Robert K. Preston steals a helicopter and hovers it above the White House for 6 minutes. He is then chased by Maryland State Police choppers and eventually shot at by Secret Service. He later explains that he wanted to prove that he was a skilled pilot after having been rejected by the Army’s flying program.

1965 – Ranger 8, a satellite intended to take photos of the Moon to plan for the Apollo missions, launches.

1959 – The world’s first weather satellite, Vanguard 2, is launched by the US Navy to measure cloud cover.

1959 – A Turkish Airlines Vickers Viscount 739 (TC-SEV) charter flight carrying Turkish prime minister Adnan Menderes and other government officials crashes about 3 miles short of London’s Gatwick Airport after diverting from Heathrow due to heavy fog. Menderes and nine other passengers survive, but the remaining 14 are killed.

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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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