On This Day in Aviation History
On This Day in Aviation History: September 22nd
2006 – The F-14 Tomcat is retired from the Navy. Being first deployed in 1974 on the USS Enterprise, replacing the F-4 Phantom II, the F-14 was replaced by the F/A-18 super Hornet. The F-14 is known in popular culture as being the aircraft flown in the 1980s movie classic Top Gun.
2003 – David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon from New Brunswick, Canada to Ireland.
1995 – A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry (Callsign Yukla 27, serial number 77-0354), crashes shortly after take off from Elmendorf AFB, AK. The plane lost power to both port side engines after these engines ingested several Canada Geese during takeoff. The aircraft went down in a heavily wooded area about two miles northeast of the runway, killing all 24 crew members on board.
1972 - Boeing sells their 1,000th copy of the 727, a record for airliners at the time.
1966 – The Surveyor 2 crashes on Moon due to a mid-course correction failure.
1950 - An F-84 Thunderjet completes the first crossing of the Atlantic by a jet fighter.
1902 - England’s first powered airship takes flight.