On This Day in Aviation History

December 26, 2011

On This Day in Aviation History: December 26th

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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1980 – Aeroflot introduces the Ilyushin Il-86, flying it on their Moscow-Tashkent route.

1975 – Russia’s answer to the Concorde, the Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic transport begins operations for Aeroflot, flying mail and freight between Moscow and Alma-Ata. Passenger would not begin until November 1977.

1972 – Operation Linebacker II sends 117 US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers over Hanoi in the largest aerial attack on the city to date.

1948 – I.V. Federov, flying a Lavochkin La-176 becomes the first Russian to break the sound barrier.

1939 – The first Royal Australian Air Force squadrons to fight in World War II arrive in England.

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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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