On This Day in Aviation History

January 26, 2012

On This Day in Aviation History: January 26th

A VC-25 passes over the Statue of Liberty during a controversial photo shoot.
A VC-25 passes over the Statue of Liberty during a controversial photo shoot.
1990 - The first Boeing 747 (military designation: VC-25) to be used as Air Force One is delivered to the United States Air Force.

A VC-25 passes over the Statue of Liberty during a controversial photo shoot.

A VC-25 passes over the Statue of Liberty during a controversial photo shoot.

1988 - French Defense Ministry approves full-scale development of the Dassault Rafale.

1962 - NASA launches the Ranger 3 moon probe aboard an Atlas-Agena rocket. After a series of malfunctions, the spacecraft would miss the moon by 22,000 miles.

1953 - The first meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association takes place at Curtis-Wright Field in Milwaukee.

1951 - The Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket supersonic research aircraft is launched from a B-29 mother-ship for the first time and exceeds Mach 1 during a dive.

1946 - Col William Councill sets a new US transcontinental speed record of 4 hours 13 minutes in a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star.

1926 - Ramón Franco takes off from Spain piloting a Dornier Do J and reaches Buenos Aires 59 hours later.

1910 - The first practical seaplane is flown by American Glenn Curtiss. It lands and takes off in the waters off San Diego.