On This Day in Aviation History
On This Day in Aviation History: January 15th
1992 – A Lockheed U-2 belonging to the United States Air Force is lost in the Sea of Japan. FACTOID: The U-2 is still in active service 50 years after development, and has actually out-lived its replacement, the SR-71, by more than a decade.
1991 – The first hot-air balloon to cross the Pacific takes off from Japan, eventually landing in Canada.
1977 – Linjeflyg Flight 618, a Vickers 838 Viscount (registered SE-FOZ) crashes on approach to Stockholm-Bromma Airport. The plane entered a steep dive from an altitude of 1,150ft due to ice that had developed on the horizontal stabilizer, killing all 22 aboard.
1973 – The last mission of a B-52 in the Vietnam War.
1927 – In what would later become United Airlines, Boeing Air Transport is established, carrying airmail between San Francisco and Chicago.