On This Day in Aviation History

February 6, 2012

On This Day in Aviation History: February 6th

1998 – Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

1996 – Birgenair Flight 301, a Boeing 757-225 (TC-GEN) crashes into the Caribbean Sea, killing all 189 aboard. The crash is due to one of the aircraft’s 3 pitot tubes having been blocked, giving the aircraft erroneous airspeeds. Blame has been placed on the pilots because they proceeded to takeoff even after realizing the airspeed issues on departure.

1982 – Laker Airways, an airline founded by Sir Freeddie Laker in 1966, ceases operations.

1978 – Senator Howard Cannon of Nevada introduces the airline Deregulation Act, which would be passed the next October.

1976 – Lockheed president Carl Kotchian admits to a Senate subcommittee that his company had bribed Japanese government officials $3 million in an effort to sell L-1011 Tristar airliners to All Nippon Airways.

1964 – United Airlines puts the Boeing 727 into service, five days after delivery.

1958 – British European Airways Flight 609 crashes on its third attempt to takeoff at Munich-Riem Airport in West Germany. The Airspeed AS-57 Ambassador (G-ALZU) was attempting to become airborne on a slush-covered runway, when it tore through a fence and hit a nearby house. There are 21 survivors among the 44 people on the aircraft.

1959 – A Titan intercontinental ballistic missile makes its first test launch.

1956 – William Judd lands his Cessna 180 in Paris after a solo flight of 25 hours 15 minutes across the North Atlantic from the US.

1946 – TWA makes its first international flight, departing New York for Paris.

1933 – Pioneer Jim Mollison flies a de Havilland Puss Moth from the United Kingdom to Brazil, vwith a stop in Senegal, across the South Atlantic. He becomes the first person to fly solo across the North and South Atlantics.


  • Myron

    I loved seeing the Laker DC-10's arriving on Rwy 22L at JFK in the good old days. Some days they even had 2 arrivals daily I believe from Gatwick. I even made a model in 1/100 scale but unfortunately, I never sprayed a protective glossy coating on it so most of the decals have peeled-off and cannot be replaced. It was manufactured by a company called Entex.

  • Myron

    I loved seeing the Laker DC-10's arriving on Rwy 22L at JFK in the good old days. Some days they even had 2 arrivals daily I believe from Gatwick. I even made a model in 1/100 scale but unfortunately, I never sprayed a protective glossy coating on it so most of the decals have peeled-off and cannot be replaced. It was manufactured by a company called Entex.