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.
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.
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.
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.
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.