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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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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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Today in Aviation History: October 29th

Posted October 29, 2014 by Phil Derner Jr.

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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Today in Aviation History: October 28th

Posted October 28, 2014 by NYCA Admin

The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to an end, the Airbus A300 flies for the first time, an Air China pilot hijacks his own plane, a Continental 757 lands on a taxiway, and more…

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Today in Aviation History: October 27th

Posted October 27, 2014 by NYCA Admin

Cuba shoots down a U-2 spy plane, NASA launches the first Saturn rocket, Air Mali is formed, and more…

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Today in Aviation History: October 24th

Posted October 24, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

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

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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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