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On This Day in Aviation History: December 25th

Posted December 25, 2009 by Phil Derner Jr.

The crash of UTA Flight 141 in 2003, Iraqi Airways Flight 163 crashes after a hijacking in 1986, USAF pilot plucked out of the Atlantic after surviving a crash a week before and more.

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Initial planning of the Lufthansa Heist occurred during a meeting at the Airline Diner near LaGuardia Airport on Astoria Blvd. Today known as the Jackson Hole Diner, the landmark neon Airline Diner sign still stands.
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On This Day in Aviation History: December 11th

Posted December 11, 2009 by Phil Derner Jr.

The Luccheses rob $6 million from JFK Airport in the 1978 Lufthansa Heist. Also, Thai Airways Flight 261 crashes in 1998, as well as Philippine Airlines Flight 434 in 1994. The prototype for the Concorde makes its debut and Katherine Stinson sets an American flight distance record.

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On This Day in Aviation History: December 8th

Posted December 8, 2009 by Phil Derner Jr.

Chicago’s Midway Airport suffers crashes of Southwest Flight 1248 in 2005 and United Flight 553 in 1972. In 1987, a Peruvian football club crashes into the Pacific ocean with only the pilot surviving, an Olympic Airways DC-6 crashes into a mountain south of Athens in 1969 and Pan Am Flight 214 goes down in Maryland after being struck by lightning.

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Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
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September 29th in Aviation History

Posted September 29, 2009 by Phil Derner Jr.

The US Navy disbands the Jolly Rogers Squadron (VF-84) in 1995…watch a clip of their F-14s going up against WW2 Japanese Zeros! Also, the Lockheed Martin F-22 makes its first flight, NASA launches STS-26, the first Space Shuttle mission after the Challenger accident.

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C-17 Globemaster IIIs on a low-level training mission [by Staff Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force]
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September 15th in Aviation History

Posted September 15, 2009 by Phil Derner Jr.

The F-86 Sabre sets a world speed record, Wilbur Wright makes the first turn in an airplane, Nikita Khrushchev and a Tu-114 land at Andrews Air Force Base and more…

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TWA 727 [Image Credit: Felix Goetting via Wikimedia]
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September 10th in Aviation History: 1,000th Boeing 747 rolls off the assembly line

Posted September 10, 2009 by Phil Derner Jr.

Hijacking at LGA and an aircraft collision over Europe in 1976; Flights from Hungary to West Germany began in 1989. In 1993, the 1,000th 747 was completed.

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