On This Day in Aviation History

March 15, 2012

March 15th in Aviation History: Fokker Stops Building Planes After 84 Years

A US Airways Fokker stored in the desert.
A US Airways Fokker stored in the desert.
2002 – An Aerotaxi Antonov AN-2 crashes in Baez, Cuba, killing all 16 passengers. The aircraft plunged into a pond after a wing separated from the fuselage.

1996 – Aircraft manufacturer Fokker shuts down after 84 years in business. NG Aircraft is now planning a new version of the Fokker 100.

1985 – Pan Am places the Airbus A300 into service on flights between Miami to Mexico City.

1974 – A Sterling Airways Caravelle (OY-STK) catches fire while taxiing to depart in Tehran. The right main gear collapses, rupturing the fuel line, resulting in the deaths of 15 of the 96 people on the plane.

1967 – Piedmont leases two Boeing 727s to use pending delivery of their Boeing 737s. This also marks the day that Piedmont places the Fairchild FH-227 into service.

1963 – A Lloyd Aereo Boliviano Douglas DC-6B (CP-707) crashes into a mountain in Peru, killing all 39 aboard. The pilots were flying VFR (Visual Flight Rules) while operating in IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions.

1962 – Flying Tigers Flight 739 crashes into the Philippine Sea. The Lockheed L-1049H (N6921C) disappears while flying from Guam to Manila, killing all 107 souls on-board.

1941 – Philippine Airlines begins service with a Beechcraft Model 18 NPC-54 with flights from Manila to Baguio.

1938 – A record flight from England to New Zealand and back is completed in 10 days, 21 hours and 22 minutes aboard a de Havilland DH88 Comet.