On This Day in Aviation History

March 8, 2012

March 8th in Aviation History: Charles De Gaulle Airport Opens for Service, First Woman Receives Pilot License

Departures board in Charles De Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E. (Photo by Matt Molnar)
Departures board in Charles De Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E. (Photo by Matt Molnar)
1996 – Cebu Pacific Air commences operations out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

1974 – Charles De Gaulle Airport opens in Paris after eight years of planning and construction.

1928 – The U.S. Congress passes the Foreign Air Mail Act, authorizing private companies to bid on contracts to carry U.S. mail overseas. The law would lead to the formation of Pan American Airways, which began by transporting mail to and from South America.

1910 – Raymonde de Laroche of France becomes the first woman in the world to receive a pilot’s license.