On This Day in Aviation History

February 5, 2011

On this Day in Aviation History: February 5th

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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XB-47 test flight, later to become the B-47 Stratojet.

XB-47 test flight, later to become the B-47 Stratojet.

1972 – Aeroflot and Lufthansa team up to operate joint Moscow-Frankfurt flights.

1972 – Airlines in the United States begin mandatory inspection of passengers and baggage for weapons and explosives.

1962 – A United States Navy Sikorsky HSS-2 Sea King sets the world helicopter speed record of 210.6 mph on a flight between Milford and New Haven, Connecticut.

1958 – A B-47 Stratojet on a simulated training exercise out of Homestead Air Force base in Florida collides with an F-86 Sabre. The bomber is carrying a 7,600-pound hydrogen bomb, which was jettisoned in an effort to reduce weight for a safe landing. The Sabre pilot ejects, the B-47 plane made it to Hunter Army Airfield safely, and the bomb, let go into the Atlantic Ocean, was never found. If you happen to reel it in on a fishing trip, please contact the United States Air Force.

1951 – The United States and Canada announce the implementation of the Distant Early Warning (DEW), the air defense system that uses more than 30 radar stations located across the northern portion of North America.

1949 – An Eastern Air Lines Lockheed Constellation lands at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, setting a coast-to-coast record flight of 6 hours 18 minutes from Los Angeles for transport aircraft.

1946 – TWA begins transatlantic service with the Lockheed Constellation flying the New York-Gander-Shannon-Paris route.

1929 – Aviators Frank Hawks and Oscar Grubb land their Lockheed Air Express in New York after a record flight of 18 hours 20 minutes from Los Angeles.

1920 – The Royal Air Force College is established in Cranwell, Licolnshire.

1919 – The world’s first scheduled passenger airline service using heavier-than-air aircraft is launched as Deutsche Luft Reederei’s flies from Berlin to Weimar via Leipzig. They were the first to use what we now know as Lufthansa’s “crane in the sun” logo, designed by Professor Otto Firle.

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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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  • Thank you for this info! I've been looking for info on the HSS-2 Sea King and this article is very informative! Thanks!


  • Thank you for this info! I've been looking for info on the HSS-2 Sea King and this article is very informative! Thanks!


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