On This Day in Aviation History
First Pan Am 747 Lands At Heathrow: January 12 in Aviation History
1997 - Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on mission STS-81 enroute to the Mir space station.
1991 - The US Congress authorizes the use of military force to expel Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
1986 - As Space Shuttle Columbia launches on mission STS-61C, Mission Specialist/Congressman Bill Nelson becomes the second sitting member of Congress to orbit the earth.
1979 - Pilatus Aircraft acquires Britten-Norman.
1975 - British Airways inaugurates Europe’s first no-reservations-needed shuttle, flying between London and Glasgow.
1973 - A US Navy F-4 Phantom scores the 197th and final US air-to-air victory of the Vietnam War.
1970 - Pan Am flies the first 747 ever delivered, Clipper Victor (reg: N736PA) on a proving flight between New York and London, which in the process becomes the first widebody aircraft to land at Heathrow Airport. Commercial service would commence on January 21st.
1969 - The New York Jets, so named in honor of the airport (LaGuardia) next to their Shea Stadium home, win Super Bowl III over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.
1939 - RAF forms the Auxiliary Air Force.