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An American Airlines DC-3 at La Guardia Airport. (Photo by Matthew Smith)
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Today in Aviation History: October 23rd

Posted October 23, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

A number of firsts today: First heavier-than-air flight in Europe, first use of a plane in warfare, first transcontinental service between New York and Los Angeles, an American Airlines DC-3 collides with a B-34 bomber, and more…

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Bellview Airlines 737 similar to the one in the 2005 crash [By Rolf Wallner via Wikimedia Commons]
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October 22nd in Aviation History

Posted October 22, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

Bellview Airlines flight 210 crashes in Lagos, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers union is decertified, a BAC-111 prototype crashes and more…

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Comair Jet Crashes Off of Wrong Runway: August 27th in Aviation History

Posted August 27, 2014 by NYCA Admin

Today in 1910, air-to-ground radio transmission is born; 1913, the first loop-the-loop maneuver is performed; in 1939, the jet age begins with the first flight of the Heinkel 178; 2006, Comair 5191 crashes in Lexington, Kentucky.

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

Posted August 21, 2014 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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Steven Slater poses with his JetBlue ID card.
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August 9th in Aviation History: Steven Slater Slides to Stardom

Posted August 9, 2014 by NYCA Admin

The US drops an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, a LANSA Lockheed Electra crashes in Peru, Steven Slater flips out on a JetBlue flight, and more…

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Wilbur Wright takes off from Le Mans, France.
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August 8th in Aviation History: Wright Flyer’s First Europe Flight

Posted August 8, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

Wright Flyer makes its first public flight, a small plane and a sightseeing helicopter collide over the Hudson River, and more…

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Coalition aircraft in formation over Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield. From left to right: Qatari F-1 Mirage, French F-1C Mirage, US Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon, Canadian CF/A-18A Hornet and Qatari Alpha Jet. (Photo by US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Lee Corkran)
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August 7th in Aviation History: Operation Desert Shield Begins, First Flight of SpaceShipOne

Posted August 7, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

First flight of SpaceShipOne, Apollo 15 returns to Earth from the Moon, Operation Desert Shield begins, and more…

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August 6th in Aviation History: B-29 Superfortress Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

Posted August 6, 2014 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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An American Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-10 on final approach to Boston Logan Airport. (Photo by Michael Philip Manheim/NARA)
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August 5th in Aviation History: First American DC-10 Flight, Reagan Fires FAA Controllers

Posted August 5, 2014 by NYCA Admin

On this day in 1964, the Vietnam War’s first U.S. air operations take place. Terrorists attack Athens Airport in 1973. In 1981, Ronald Reagan fires 11,500 air traffic controllers.

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The US Army MASH unit that inspired the movie and TV show conducted its first helicopter medical evacuation in Korea on August 4, 1959.
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August 4th in Aviation History: MASH Makes First Helicopter Evacuation

Posted August 4, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

NASA’s Phoenix spacecraft is launched, MASH begins helicopter ops, a Bangkok Airways plane hits a control tower, and more…

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

Posted August 3, 2014 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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January 22nd in Aviation History: Pilot Mistakes Ireland for California and More

Posted January 22, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

Pan Am becomes the first airlines to start 747 flights in 1970, STS-42 brings the first female Canadian into space in 1992, a P-3 Orion distance record in 1971, Apollo 5 launches in 1968, and the crashes of American Airlines Flight 7680 at EWR in 1952.

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January 21st in Aviation History: First Concorde Passenger Flight, Cargolux Lands on Van and 40 More Events!

Posted January 21, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

The Concorde begins scheduled service for both British Airways and Air France, crashes of Galaxy Airlines 203, Pan Am 1104 and an Iranian 727. NASA’s Spirit rover ceases communication from Mars, and more…

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January 20th in Aviation History: Air Inter 148 Crashes, North American Airlines Born

Posted January 20, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

Today in aviation history, Air Inter Flight 148 crashes, North American Airlines is born, E2C Hawkeye makes its first flight and much more!

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January 19th in Aviation History: Jet Airways Becomes Largest Indian Airline and More

Posted January 19, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

Jet Airways buys Air Sahara to become India’s largest domestic airline, Howard Hughes sets a new transcontinental speed record, Jules Vedrine lands his plane on top of a Paris department store, and more…

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January 18th in Aviation History: A380 Unveiled, United Flt 266 Crashes Into Pacific Ocean

Posted January 18, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

The Airbus A380 is unveiled, the F-4 Phantom is yanked from front-line service, Bell makes its 25,000th Helo, United Flight 266 crashes, as well as Capital Airlines Flight 20.

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January 17th in Aviation History: British Airways Flight 38 Crash Lands at Heathrow

Posted January 17, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

A British Airways 777 lands short of the runway at Heathrow, a B-52 collision peppers nukes over Spain, Operation Desert Storm begins in Iraq, and more…

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January 16th in Aviation History: Final Space Shuttle Columbia Launch, TWA Flight 3 Crashes

Posted January 16, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

Space Shuttle Columbia launches for the last time, five B-52s begin a round-the-world-flight, actress Carole Lombard is killed in the crash of TWA Flight 3, and more…

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January 15th in Aviation History: Miracle on the Hudson, United Airlines Born

Posted January 15, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

US Airways Flight 1549 makes its “Miracle on the Hudson” water landing. A Lockheed U-2 is lost in the Sea of Japan, the crash of Linjeflyg Flight 618, Boeing Air Transport starts delivering airmail, and more…

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Pan Am's Dixie Clipper (NC18605) carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Casablanca. (Photo by Pan Am)
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January 14th in Aviation History: FDR Becomes First President To Fly

Posted January 14, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt boards a plane for Morocco, a fire on the deck of carrier USS Enterprise kills 27 sailors, and more…

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