The Boeing 767 prototype (N767BA) flies over Washington's Mt. Rainier. (Photo by Boeing)
2006 – Kitakyushu Airport opens on a manmade island in southwestern Japan.
1983 – A Boeing 767 flies 5,499 miles (8,798 km) nonstop from Lisbon, Portugal to Boeing Field, Wash., setting a distance record for twin-engine airliners. The record would stand until June 1, 1984 when Ethiopian Airlines would fly their first 767-200ER 7,500 miles on a delivery flight from Washington D.C. to Addis Ababa.
1966 – Gemini 8, NASA’s 12th manned space mission, launches atop a Titan II rocket. After docking with the Agena target spacecraft for a rendezvous exercise, Gemini became the first manned mission to suffer a critical fault that put astronauts’ lives in danger, forcing it to leave orbit and splash into the Pacific Ocean the following day.
1962 – Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, a Lockheed Super Constellation (N6921C) carrying 93 soldiers from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. to Saigon, Vietnam, disappears over the western Pacific Ocean. No wreckage nor bodies are ever found, but the 107 people onboard are presumed killed. A cause for the disappearance is never determined.
1942 – The first German V-2 rocket launch ends when the ship explodes.
1940 – World War II: James Isbister of Scapa Flow in Scotlands Orkney Islands becomes the first UK resident killed by a German bombing raid. The Luftwaffe’s Kampfgeschwader 26 bomber wing is responsible.
1926 – Inventor Robert Goddard launches the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Mass.
1916 – US military aircraft complete their first mission over foreign territory, as the Army Air Force’s 1st Reconnaissance Squadron flies over Mexico.
Residents of Houston Texas were given a rare treat last Thursday: A formation flight by the only three remaining airworthy B-57s, NASA's WB-57Fs.Why do we travel to space? What if there was a reason greater than technological advancements and finding a home on other planets? Dare we say...Orion, NASA’s newest spacecraft, is set to launch atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:05 a.m. Watch it live! A cool animation details NASA’s Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission, which will go farther than any human spacecraft has in the past 40 years.Space enthusiasts say goodbye to Kennedy Space Center's iconic Countdown Clock after years of poor weather and decades of unforgiving time have visibly taken their toll.
NYCAviation is a worldwide aerospace news and resource organization for aviation enthusiasts and industry professionals alike. We specialize in publishing breaking news, insightful commentary and stellar photography covering all that happens not only in the world of commercial aviation, but the entire aerospace sector, including general aviation, military aviation and space. Read more…