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The Antonov An-225 Mriya CCCP-82060 is seen here with Buran strapped to its back during a demonstration at the 1989 Paris Air Show. (Photo by Ralf Manteufel)
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March 22nd in Aviation History: Antonov An-225 Mriya Sets Takeoff Weight Record Carrying Russian Space Shuttle

Posted March 22, 2012 by Phil Derner Jr.

The An-225 sets new world records while carrying Space Shuttle Buran, a USAir jet crashes at LaGuardia Airport in New York, a British Airways 747 is hijacked, and more…

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A Eurofighter Typhoon in flight.
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March 27th in Aviation History: Two 747s Collide in World’s Deadliest Aviation Disaster

Posted March 27, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

The Tenerife disaster takes place, the Eurofighter Typhoon makes its first flight, Concorde flights to Miami begin, and more…

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Douglas DC-8 Becomes First Supersonic Airliner: August 21 in Aviation History

Posted August 21, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

A DC-8 dives into the record books, the first use of electric beacons for nighttime flights, a Royal Air Maroc ATR-42 crashes, and more…

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Captain Paul Tibbets waves from the cockpit of Enola Gay
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B-29 Superfortress Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima: August 6 in Aviation History

Posted August 6, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

The US drops first atomic bomb on Japan, Ted Williams returns to the Red Sox from Korea, Braniff Flight 250 crashes in Nebraska, and more.

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On This Day in Aviation History: September 11th

Posted September 11, 2010 by Phil Derner Jr.

Four airliners are hijacked and intentionally crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania in 2001, killing 2,993; A Continental EMB120 crashes at IAH in 1991; Eastern flight 212 crashes in CLT in 1974; Air France Flight 1611 crashes into the Mediterranean.

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Austrian Airlines restarted international flights with this Airbus A310, OE-LAA New York, from Vienna to JFK in 1989. (Photo by Joe Pries)
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March 26th in Aviation History: Austrian Airlines Resumes International Flights After Two Decade Hiatus

Posted March 26, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Happy Birthday to the late Swissair! Austrian Airlines resumes international service, an Arrow Air DC-10 drops some engine parts, Comair pilots launch an 89-day strike, and more…

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A US Airways Airbus A319 at LaGuardia Airport
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US Airways Files For Bankruptcy: August 10 in Aviation History

Posted August 10, 2012 by NYCA Admin

Senator Ted Stevens dies in a plane crash, US Airways files for bankruptcy, a new world speed record and more…

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On This Day in Aviation History: September 14th

Posted September 14, 2011 by Phil Derner Jr.

A bomb goes off at Seoul’s airport, an F-14 rolls off the deck of the USS John F. Kennedy, an Aeroflot 737 crashes in Russia, and more…

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Final Concorde Flight: October 24th in Aviation History

Posted October 24, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Concorde makes its final commercial flight, first flight of the Lockheed Martin F-35 prototype, and more…

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The winter sun shines nicely on this Ted Airbus A320 N479UA in Las Vegas
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On This Day in Aviation History: February 12th

Posted February 12, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Continental/Colgan Flight 3407 crashes in upstate New York, an Iran Air Tu-154 crashes into a mountain, United’s Ted low cost subsidiary begins operations, an Air Rhodesia flight is shot down in South Africa and more…

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Wreckage of Lynyrd Skynyrd's crashed Convair 240.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour Plane Crashes in Mississippi: October 20 in Aviation History

Posted October 20, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd are killed in a plane crash, a huge air race from England to Australia takes off, and more…

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The wreckage of the Boeing 747-100 that operated TWA Flight 800 was reconstructed in a hangar. (Photo by NTSB)
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TWA Flight 800 and TAM Flight 3054 End in Tragedy: July 17th in Aviation History

Posted July 17, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Tragic crashes of TWA Flight 800 and TAM Flight 3054, Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn, Apollo 11 launch, and more…

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On This Day in Aviation History: March 25th

Posted March 25, 2011 by Phil Derner Jr.

The first female Concorde pilot flies for British Airways, Qantas drops the 707 and becomes all-747, Piedmont takes on the biggest 737 fleet, seven crashes on this day, and more…

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On This Day in Aviation History: September 16th

Posted September 16, 2010 by Phil Derner Jr.

One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 629 crashes in Phuket in 2007 and the MIG-31 makes its maiden flight.

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PATCO air traffic controllers picket outside of Bishop Airport in Flint, Michigan.
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America’s Air Traffic Controllers Strike: August 3 in Aviation History

Posted August 3, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Today we look back at the 1981 Air Traffic Controllers Strike and mourn the worst accident ever involving a Boeing 707.

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Air France Concorde F-BTSC on fire before crashing in Paris.
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Air France Concorde Crashes in Paris: July 25 in Aviation History

Posted July 25, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

An Air France Concorde crashes in Paris, French aviator Louis BlĂ©riot crosses the English Channel, and more…

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A 747 freighter being flown by El Al crashed into this apartment complex in Amsterdam, killing 39 on the ground in addition to the 4 on-board.
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Sputnik 1 Wins Space Race, Eastern Plane Crashes In Boston: October 4th in Aviation History

Posted October 4, 2012 by Phil Derner Jr.

Siberian Airlines Flight 1812 is taken down by a Ukranian missile, El Al Flight 1862 crashes into an apartment complex in Amsterdam, BOAC begins the first transatlantic jet route, Eastern Airlines Flight 375 goes down in Boston due to a bird strike, and more…

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Pan Am Boeing 747-100 "Clipper Neptune's Car" (N742PA) seen in Zurich, 1985. (Photo by Eduard Mamet via wikimedia)
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Pan Am Grounds All Flights: December 4th In Aviation History

Posted December 4, 2012 by Phil Derner Jr.

Pan Am ceases operations, Kuwaiti Airways Flight 221 is hijacked, the US Navy bombs Libya, and more…

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This B-47 Stratojet and its JATO bottles coughs its way into the sky, giving the runway some second-hand smoke.
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March 11th in Aviation History: Air Force Jet Nearly Nukes Georgia Coast

Posted March 11, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

China’s first privately owned airline takes off while Canadian airline JetsGo stops going, Japan gets their first 767 AWACS, a B-47 jettisons a nuke, and more…

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On this Day in Aviation History: February 5th

Posted February 5, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

The world’s first airline launches passenger service, US starts inspecting baggage, a B-47 loses a nuke, TWA starts transatlantic flights, two transcontinental flying speed records are set and more…

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