On This Day in Aviation History
Today in Aviation History: November 4th
1982 – Pan Am inaugurates service from Los Angeles to Sydney; at 7,487 non-stop miles (11,979 km) it’s the longest non-stop flight in the world.
1976 - A Bali Air Service Fokker F-27 Friendship overruns a runway in Indonesia, killing 29 of the 38 on board.
1972 - A Balkan Bulgarian Airlines Ilyushin IL-14 diverts to Provdiv due to fog at the original destination. Without charts for the diversion airport, however, the crew accidentally drives the aircraft into terrain, killing all 35 on board.
1967 - An Iberia SE 210 Caravelle crashes on approach to Sussex, England, killing all 37 on board.
1962 - The United States Air Force detonates a nuclear-tipped Nike-Hercules ground-to-air missile 69,000 feet over Johnston Island. It would be the last atmospheric nuclear test ever performed by the U.S.
1910 – The British non-rigid airship City of Cardiff, built by E.T. Willows, completes the first ever dirigible flight from England to France.