On This Day in Aviation History

April 23, 2012

US Bans Smoking on Short Flights, First Launch of Soyuz: April 23rd in Aviation History

The MIT Daedalus makes a test flight at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. (Photo by NASA)

1994 – Airbus delivers its first A300-600 Freighter to launch customer FedEx.

1988 – The US federal government bans smoking on any domestic flight shorter than two hours, which covers about 80 percent of US traffic.

1988 – In a recreation of the mythical flight of Daedallus, Olympic cyclist Kanellos Kanellopoulos pilots the longest flight of a pedal-powered aircraft: 71.5 mi (115.11 km) in 3 hours, 54 minutes, from Iraklion to Santorini, Greece, aboard the MIT Daedalus aircraft.

1967 – Soyuz 1 launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying Soviet cosmonaut Colonel Vladimir Komarov.

1939 – The US Civil Aeronautics Authority raises the minimum age for obtaining a pilot’s license from 16 to 18 years.

1919 – The North Sea Aerial Navigation Company is formed as a domestic airline an launches service between Leeds and Hounslow, England, using surplus military Blackburn RT1 Kangaroo torpedo bombers, each carrying seven passengers.

1918 – Lt. Paul Baer becomes the first flying ace of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I after shooting down his fifth enemy aircraft.



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