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A Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 (reg D-AIKI) touches down at JFK Airport in New York. Photo by Tom Alfano.
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Today in Aviation History: January 6

Posted January 6, 2015 by NYCAviation Staff

Happy birthday to Lufthansa! United Grounds Ted, the US Marines take delivery of their first AV-8 Harrier and more…

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President Richard M. Nixon and Dr. James C. Fletcher, NASA Administrator, discuss the proposed Space Shuttle vehicle in San Clemente, California, on January 5, 1972. (Photo by NASA)
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Today in Aviation History: January 5th

Posted January 5, 2015 by NYCAviation Staff

The Space Shuttle program is launched, Amelia Earhart is declared legally dead, Independence Air ceases operations, and more…

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The Apollo 17 spacecraft, containing astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Ronald E. Evans, and Harrison H. Schmitt, glided to a safe splashdown at 2:25 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 1972, 648 kilometers (350 nautical miles) southeast of American Samoa. The astronauts were flown by recovery helicopter to the U.S.S. Ticonderoga slightly less than an hour after the completion of NASA's sixth and last manned lunar landing in the Apollo program. (Photo by NASA)
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Today in Aviation History: December 19th

Posted December 19, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

The world’s first airport opens near Paris, the last moon mission returns to earth, a Chalk’s Ocean Airways crash is captured on video, and more…

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The New York Times front page following the deadly midair collision in NYC
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Today in Aviation History: December 16th

Posted December 16, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

The midair collision of a United DC-8 and TWA Constellation over New York City, Concorde makes the first sub-3-hour Atlantic crossing, an Air Canada CRJ crashes, and more…

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A KLM 747, similar to the aircraft involved in the Flight 867 incident.
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Today in Aviation History: December 15th

Posted December 15, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

In a near disaster, KLM Flight 867 loses all engines temporarily after flying through a cloud of volcanic ash, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing merge, the Boeing 787 makes its first flight, and more..

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The mounting point for the Space Shuttle seen here on the SCA has this funny reminder on it.
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Today in Aviation History: December 2nd

Posted December 2, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

Airbus launches the A320neo program, NASA’s Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft flies for the first time, LaGuardia Airport in New York opens for business, and more…

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A TWA Boeing 707-300 at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. (Photo by Michel Gilliand via wikimedia)
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Today in Aviation History: December 1st

Posted December 1, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

TWA ceases operations, Northwest Orient Flight 6231 crashes in NY, the Civil Air Patrol is born, and more…

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Deck of the USS Enterprise.
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Today in Aviation History: November 25th

Posted November 25, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

KLM Flight 861 is hijacked while enroute to New Dehli, aircraft carrier USS Enterprise is commissioned, the first successful parachute jump in Antarctica and more…

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Artist sketches of D.B. Cooper, who vanished in 1971 with $200,000 in stolen cash.
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Today in Aviation History: November 24th

Posted November 24, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

DB Cooper jumps out of a Northwest Orient plane, BOAC is formed through a merger, and more…

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A Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket is dropped from a US Navy Boeing P2B Superfortress, the Navy's version of the B-29. (Photo by NASA)
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Today in Aviation History: November 20th

Posted November 20, 2014 by NYCA Admin

America’s first municipal airport opens in Tucson, an aircraft reaches Mach 2 for the first time, several tragic crashes, and more…

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Apollo 12 crew: Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean (Scroll down for video of the moon landing.)
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Today in Aviation History: November 19th

Posted November 19, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

China launches their first spacecraft, TAP Flight 425 crashes, Apollo 12 lands on the Moon, construction of Ronald Reagan Airport begins, and more.

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Bell X-2 Starbuster
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Today in Aviation History: November 18th

Posted November 18, 2014 by NYCA Admin

Boeing’s first monoplane makes its first flight, the X-15 sets a Mach 6 speed record, the Battle of Berlin begins, and more…

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KC-97 refueling a B-47 bomber
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Today in Aviation History: November 17th

Posted November 17, 2014 by NYCA Admin

President John F. Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport, the Soviets land a robot on the Moon, the Daily Mail offers a prize for the first London-Manchester flight, and more…

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Ely takes off from the USS Birmingham, Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Today in Aviation History: November 14th

Posted November 14, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

Female aviator Amy Johnson breaks a speed record, Southern Airways Flight 932 crashes with the Marshall University football team, the 747-8 program is launched, and more…

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Sabena MD-11 at Newark Airport, circa 2000. (Photo by Tom Turner)
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Today in Aviation History: November 7th

Posted November 7, 2014 by NYCA Admin

A Wright Flyer completes the first air freight flight, BOAC retires its last flying boat, Sabena flies for the last time, and more…

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A Fireball, similar to the FR-1 that made the first jet landing on an aircraft carrier.
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Today in Aviation History: November 6th

Posted November 6, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

Two important milestones for aircraft carriers, the third National Airlines folds, the Sumburgh helicopter disaster kills 45 people in England, and more…

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China Airlines 747 sits in Victoria Harbour.
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Today in Aviation History: November 4th

Posted November 4, 2014 by NYCA Admin

Milestone: The first ever airship flight is completed between England and France. Tragedies: China Airlines and Bali Air Service flights overrun runways, and Balkan Bulgaran Airlines and Iberia flights crash while performing approaches.

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"Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 Tropical KvW" by Konstantin von Wedelstaedt - http://www.airliners.net/photo/Singapore-Airlines/Boeing-747-412/0118307/L/.  via Wikimedia Commons
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Today in Aviation History: October 31st

Posted October 31, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

Historically, Halloween has proven itself not the safest day to fly, as it is the anniversary of five airliner crashes killing a total of over 600 people, including EgyptAir Flight 990. It was also the day Ed Sullivan first met a young band called The Beatles in Heathrow Airport.

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STS-61A; the last successful launch of Challenger
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Today in Aviation History: October 30th

Posted October 30, 2014 by NYCA Admin

On this day in 1985, Space Shuttle Challenger is launched on what would be its final successful mission; in 1976 a Pan Am 747SP sets a speed record for a trans-polar round-the-world flight; in 1908, Henry Farman completes Europe’s first flight between two towns.

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Delta 777-200LR N702DN (Photo by Mark Lawrence)
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Today in Aviation History: October 29th

Posted October 29, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

The US Dept. of Justice approves the Delta/Northwest merger, John Glenn becomes the oldest man to enter space, a plane carrying the California Polytechnic State University football team crashes, and more…

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