On This Day in Aviation History
Today in Aviation History: February 20th
1998 – TWA retires the last of its Boeing 747 “jumbo jets” The newer and more efficient Boeing 767 is now the airline’s main intercontinental aircraft.
1972 – A USAF Lockheed HC-130H Hercules sets a new world record for unrefuelled flight by turboprop aircraft, flying a distance of 8,732 miles between the Taiwanese base of Ching Chuan Kang AB and Scott AFB, Illinois.
1968 – A Learjet 25 sets a new “time-to-climb” record by climbing to 40,000 feet in 6 minutes 29 seconds.
1963 – Austrian Airlines receives the first of five Sud-Aviation SE.210-VIR Caravelles, their first jet aircraft.
1962 – John Glenn becomes the first US astronaut to orbit the earth in Mercury Atlas 6 program on the “Friendship 7” spacecraft.
1962 – Piedmont retires the last of its DC-3 aircraft on the 15th anniversary of its first scheduled flight.
1959 – The Avro CF-105 Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is canceled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
1942 – Lieutenant Edward O’Hare becomes America’s first World War II flying ace after shooting down five Japanese heavy bombers.
1915 – Allan Loughead is granted permission to launch an air service and flies 600 passengers across Panama Bay for 50 days. The 10-minute flight costs $10 per passenger. Loughead would later have his named changed to Lockheed. Sound more familiar now?