On This Day in Aviation History

August 15, 2011

On This Day in Aviation History: August 15th

More articles by »
Written by: admin
Tags: , ,

1937, Lufthansa launches seaplane service between the Azores and New York, with help from seaplane tenders, similar to aircraft carriers, stationed along the route.

war ends vj day newspaper

1944, a German Messerschmitt Me 262 shoots down an American B-17 Flying Fortress, marking history’s first air-to-air victory by a jet.

1945, Happy V-J Day! Hirohito delivers a radio address telling his populace that Japan is surrendering. The formal signing of the surrender agreement aboard the USS Missouri would occur on Sept. 20th.

1951, test pilot Bill Bridgeman reaches a record altitude of 79,494 ft. in the #2 Douglas D-558-II rocket research aircraft, although this does not qualify for FAI (Federal Aeronautique Internationale) recognition.

1951, BEA launches the world’s first turboprop freight flights.

1957, USAF Captain Joe B Jordan reaches a new altitude record of 31,513 m (103,389 ft) in an F-104 Starfighter.

1958, Pan Am takes delivery of its first Boeing 707, naming it Clipper America, registration N709PA. It would carry its first passengers from Idlewild Airport in New York to Paris-Orly Airport on October 26th.

1958, the U.S. Congress passes a bill creating the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) to regulate civilian and military aviation. The agency would be officially formed on August 23rd.

About the Author




Today in Aviation History: October 31st

Historically, Halloween has proven itself not the safest day to fly, as it is the anniversary of five airliner crashes killing a total of over 600 people, including EgyptAir Flight 990. It was also the day Ed Sullivan first met...
by NYCAviation Staff


Today in Aviation History: October 29th

The US Dept. of Justice approves the Delta/Northwest merger, John Glenn becomes the oldest man to enter space, a plane carrying the California Polytechnic State University football team crashes, and more...
by NYCAviation Staff



Today in Aviation History: October 24th

Concorde makes its final commercial flight, first flight of the Lockheed Martin F-35 prototype, and more...
by NYCAviation Staff


Today in Aviation History: October 23rd

A number of firsts today: First heavier-than-air flight in Europe, first use of a plane in warfare, first transcontinental service between New York and Los Angeles, an American Airlines DC-3 collides with a B-34 bomber, and mor...
by NYCAviation Staff


October 22nd in Aviation History

Bellview Airlines flight 210 crashes in Lagos, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers union is decertified, a BAC-111 prototype crashes and more...
by NYCAviation Staff


  • Phil Derner

    Testing comments. 🙂