On This Day in Aviation History

February 5, 2012

Today in Aviation History: February 5th

More articles by »
Written by: NYCAviation Staff
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

1972 – Aeroflot and Lufthansa team up to operate joint Moscow-Frankfurt flights.

1972 – Airlines in the United States begin mandatory inspection of passengers and baggage for weapons and explosives.

1971 – The Apollo 14 astronauts land on the Moon.

1962 – A United States Navy Sikorsky HSS-2 Sea King sets the world helicopter speed record of 210.6 mph on a flight between Milford, Conn. and New Haven.

1958 – A B-47 Stratojet on a simulated training exercise out of Homestead Air Force base in Florida collides with an F-86 Sabre. The bomber is carrying a 7,600-pound hydrogen bomb, which is jettisoned in an effort to reduce weight for a safe landing. The Sabre pilot ejects, the B-47 makes it to Hunter Army Airfield safely, and the bomb, let go over the Atlantic Ocean, is never found.

1951 – The United States and Canada announce the implementation of the Distant Early Warning (DEW), the air defense system that uses more than 30 radar stations located across the northern portion of North America.

1949 – An Eastern Air Lines Lockheed Constellation lands at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, setting a coast-to-coast record flight of 6 hours 18 minutes from Los Angeles for transport aircraft.

1946 – TWA begins transatlantic service with the Lockheed Constellation flying the New York-Gander-Shannon-Paris route.

1929 – Aviators Frank Hawks and Oscar Grubb land their Lockheed Air Express in New York after a record flight of 18 hours 20 minutes from Los Angeles.

1920 – The Royal Air Force College is established in Cranwell, Licolnshire.

1919 – Scheduled passenger airline service using heavier-than-air aircraft is launched as Deutsche Luft Reederei’s flies from Berlin to Weimar via Leipzig. They were the first to use what we now know as Lufthansa’s “crane in the sun” logo, designed by Professor Otto Firle.

1918 – The US military scores its first aerial victory as World War I aviator Stephen W. Thompson shoots down an Albatros D.III over Saarbrucken, Germany.

1913 – Two Greek pilots, Michael Moutoussis and Aristeidis Moraitinis fly a Maurice Farman MF.7 seaplane to spot the position of the retreated Ottoman fleet, marking history’s first recorded naval aviation mission.

About the Author

NYCAviation Staff



Today in Aviation History: January 6

Happy birthday to Lufthansa! United Grounds Ted, the US Marines take delivery of their first AV-8 Harrier and more...
by NYCAviation Staff

President Richard M. Nixon and Dr. James C. Fletcher, NASA Administrator, discuss the proposed Space Shuttle vehicle in San Clemente, California, on January 5, 1972. (Photo by NASA)

Today in Aviation History: January 5th

The Space Shuttle program is launched, Amelia Earhart is declared legally dead, Independence Air ceases operations, and more...
by NYCAviation Staff


The Apollo 17 spacecraft, containing astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Ronald E. Evans, and Harrison H. Schmitt, glided to a safe splashdown at 2:25 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 1972, 648 kilometers (350 nautical miles) southeast of American Samoa. The astronauts were flown by recovery helicopter to the U.S.S. Ticonderoga slightly less than an hour after the completion of NASA's sixth and last manned lunar landing in the Apollo program. (Photo by NASA)

Today in Aviation History: December 19th

The world's first airport opens near Paris, the last moon mission returns to earth, a Chalk's Ocean Airways crash is captured on video, and more...
by NYCAviation Staff


Today in Aviation History: December 16th

The midair collision of a United DC-8 and TWA Constellation over New York City, Concorde makes the first sub-3-hour Atlantic crossing, an Air Canada CRJ crashes, and more...
by NYCAviation Staff


Today in Aviation History: December 15th

In a near disaster, KLM Flight 867 loses all engines temporarily after flying through a cloud of volcanic ash, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing merge, the Boeing 787 makes its first flight, and more..
by NYCAviation Staff


  • Thank you for this info! I've been looking for info on the HSS-2 Sea King and this article is very informative! Thanks!


  • Thank you for this info! I've been looking for info on the HSS-2 Sea King and this article is very informative! Thanks!


  • Lockheed Martin Acknowledged by Defense Secretary Robert Gates as Most Corrupt Government Contractor?

    Although the photo and backdrop shown in the link below are real and warrant your further investigation, the caption is pure speculation. The following, on the other hand, is pure fact: U.S. total debt $55.6 trillion, U.S. federal debt $14.1 trillion, U.S. federal deficit $1.5 trillion, U.S. dollar rapidly losing world reserve currency status, as U.S. politicians bought and paid for by multinational corporations (legalized by Citizens United vs. FEC) cut education, close schools, convert asphalt roads to gravel and accelerate America’s descent into oblivion so they can pay Lockheed Martin and other greed- and graft-infested government contractors billions for Rube Goldberg defense systems and myriad non-defense boondoggles as unnecessary, unaffordable and unjustifiable as our unending wars for oil and profit: