On This Day in Aviation History

February 7, 2012

On This Day in Aviation History: February 7th

2009 – A Manaus Aerotaxi Embraer EMB-110 (PT-SEA) crashes into the Mancapuru River in Amazonas, Brazil. The aircraft carried more passengers than it was meant to, then lost an engine just after departure, ditching in the river. Four survivors escaped through an emergency exit in the rear of the aircraft, whereas the other 24 aboard drowned.

Look Mom! No Hands! I still think this is crazy.

Look, mom! No hands!

1995 – Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of multiple airliner bombing-plots and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan.

1984 – Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger become the first to use the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) in space during the first untethered space walk. Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II makes the most distant space walk efrom a spacecraft at 320 feet.

1964 – The Canadian Golden Hawks military aerobatic flying team is disbanded due to financial reasons.

1964 – The Beatles arrive at JFK for the band’s first tour in the United States.

1937 – The prototype Blackburn B-24 Skua two-seat fighter/dive-bomber makes its maiden flight, piloted by “Dasher” Blake at Brough, Yorkshire. It is Britain’s first dive-bomber.

1934 – The first airmail flight between Australia and New Zealand is made by Charles Ulm in an Avro Ten. The flight time is 14 hours 10 minutes.

1928 – Bert Hinkler leaves Croydon in an Avro Avian, attempting the first solo flight from England to Australia. He is to arrive in Darwin on February 22.

1927 – Georgetown University medical school in Washington, D.C., offers the first aviation medicine course in the United States.

1920 – French aviator Sadi Lacointe, piloting a Nieuport-Delage 29V, becomes the first pilot to set a new Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) world speed record after World War I. He reaches a measured speed of 171.141 mph along the 3,280-foot course.

About the Author

NYCAviation Staff



Today in Aviation History: October 30th

On this day in 1985, Space Shuttle Challenger is launched on what would be its final successful mission; in 1976 a Pan Am 747SP sets a speed record for a trans-polar round-the-world flight; in 1908, Henry Farman completes Europ...
by admin

Sally Ride communicates with ground controllers from the flight deck of Space Shuttle Challenger during her first mission in space, STS-7. (Photo by NASA)

Sally Ride, First American Woman in Space, Dies at Age 61

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died in California on Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her office said in a statement. She was 61. Ride was born and raised in Encino, California, and ...
by BNO News


Space Shuttle launches grand finale

Video: All 135 Space Shuttle Launches At Once

Not long after the final space shuttle lifted off in 2011, McClean Fahnestock merged footage from all 135 launches onto one screen.
by NYCAviation Staff

This FedEx DC-10 (N306FE) was involved in an attempted hijacking in 1994. (Photo by JoePriesAviation.net)

Today in Aviation History: April 7th

Auburn Calloway attempts to take down a Federal Express DC-10, Story Musgrave and Don Peterson become the first astronauts to perform a space shuttle spacewalk, history's first midair collision takes place over France, and more...
by NYCAviation Staff

Closeup of the Space Shuttle Challenger STS-6 patch.

April 4th in Aviation History: Space Shuttle Challenger’s Maiden Spaceflight

Space Shuttle Challenger makes her maiden spaceflight, a US Air Force C-5 crashes in Vietnam, the USS Akron airship crashes near New Jersey, and more...
by admin