On This Day in Aviation History

February 1, 2011

On This Day in Aviation History: February 1st

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2006 – United Airlines’ parent company, UAL Corp., emerges from the longest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

The remnants of Shuttle Columbia rain down over Texas.

The remnants of Shuttle Columbia rain down over Texas.

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas during its descent to earth on mission STS-107, killing all seven astronauts on board. Heat shield tiles, which suffered damage during the shuttle’s launch, fail during reentry, allowing hot gases to enter the left wing and eventually cause it to break off, quickly leading to the destruction of the entire spacecraft.

1983 – Boeing announces it will stop producing the 727. The 1,832nd, and final 727, would roll off the line in 1984.

1981 – Donald Douglas, founder of the Douglas Aircraft Company, dies at age 88.

1923 – Danish Army Flying Corps established.

1920 – South African Air Force is established as an independent air arm.

1930 – San Francisco’s first air ferry commences service, crossing the bay in six minutes. Routes are between San Francisco and Alameda, as well as Oakland and Vallejo.

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