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Space Shuttle Enterprise being trucked to Edwards Air Force Base in California.
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Alaska 261 Plunges into Pacific Ocean: January 31st in Aviation History

Posted January 31, 2013 by Phil Derner Jr.

Pan Am receives the first Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, Ham the Chimp visits space, an Alaska Airlines MD-80 crashes off the coast of California, and more…

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Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: January 28th in Aviation History

Posted January 28, 2013 by NYCAviation Staff

The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after launch, the crash of a TAME 727 in Colombia, a DC-3 chartered by the INS goes down in 1948 and more…

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Bleriot XI begins a flight over the Alps circa 1913.
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Happy Birthday Captain Sully! January 23 in Aviation History

Posted January 23, 2013 by NYCAviation Staff

Chesley Sullenberger is born, Charles Lindbergh tells Congress to make peace with Hitler, a World Airways DC-10 crashes in Boston, more…

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First Pan Am 747 Lands At Heathrow: January 12 in Aviation History

Posted January 12, 2013 by NYCAviation Staff

The first Pan Am 747 makes its inaugural proving flight to London, two Space Shuttle launches, launch of the Deep Impact probe and more…

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A Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 (reg D-AIKI) touches down at JFK Airport in New York. Photo by Tom Alfano.
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Lufthansa Is Founded, Ted Is Grounded: January 6 In Aviation History

Posted January 6, 2013 by NYCAviation Staff

Happy birthday to Lufthansa! United Grounds Ted, the US Marines take delivery of their first AV-8 Harrier and more…

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President Richard M. Nixon and Dr. James C. Fletcher, NASA Administrator, discuss the proposed Space Shuttle vehicle in San Clemente, California, on January 5, 1972. (Photo by NASA)
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Nixon Launches Space Shuttle Program: January 5 in Aviation History

Posted January 5, 2013 by NYCAviation Staff

The Space Shuttle program is launched, Amelia Earhart is declared legally dead, Independence Air ceases operations, and more…

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Wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland. (Photo by AP)
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Pan Am Flight 103 Is Bombed: December 21st In Aviation History

Posted December 21, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Pan Am Flight 103 is bombed over Scotland, New York Airways begins helicopter flights from Manhattan’s Pan Am Building and more…

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The Apollo 17 spacecraft, containing astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Ronald E. Evans, and Harrison H. Schmitt, glided to a safe splashdown at 2:25 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 1972, 648 kilometers (350 nautical miles) southeast of American Samoa. The astronauts were flown by recovery helicopter to the U.S.S. Ticonderoga slightly less than an hour after the completion of NASA's sixth and last manned lunar landing in the Apollo program. (Photo by NASA)
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World’s First Airport Opens, Apollo 17 Splashes Down: December 19 in Aviation History

Posted December 19, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

The world’s first airport opens near Paris, the last moon mission returns to earth, a Chalk’s Ocean Airways crash is captured on video, and more…

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Apollo 17 awaits launch at Cape Canaveral. (Photo by NASA)
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Pearl Harbor Attacked, Last Moon Mission Launched: December 7th In Aviation History

Posted December 7, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

“A day which will live in infamy,” air marshals shoot a passenger, a USAir employee deliberately crashes a plane, 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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A TWA Boeing 707-300 at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. (Photo by Michel Gilliand via wikimedia)
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TWA’s Last Flight: December 1st

Posted December 1, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

TWA ceases operations, Northwest Orient Flight 6231 crashes in NY, the Civil Air Patrol is born, and more…

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Eastern Air Lines DC-7 Crashes In New York Fog: November 30 in Aviation History

Posted November 30, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Eastern Flight 512 crashes in New York, Atlasjet Flight 4203 crashes in Turkey, Curtiss Aeroplane Company is born, and more…

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Vintage postcard featuring an American Airlines Douglas DC-7.
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American Airlines Files For Bankruptcy, Kim Jong-Il Bombs A Korean Air Jet: November 29 in Aviation History

Posted November 29, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

American Airlines files for bankruptcy protection, Korean Air Flight 858 is bombed by agents of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il and more…

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The vertical stabilizer of American Airlines Flight 587 is lifted out of Jamaica Bay. (Photo by NTSB)
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American Airlines Flight 587 Crash: November 12 in Aviation History

Posted November 12, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

American Airlines Flight 587 crashes in New York, Saudi Arabian and Kazakh jets collide, Delta orders 60 Boeing 757s, 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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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 first Boeing 747-8 Freighter for Cargolux. (Photo by Boeing)
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John Denver Dies In a Plane Crash, Boeing Delivers First 747-8 Freighter: October 12 in Aviation History

Posted October 12, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Singer John Denver dies in a plane crash, Boeing delivers the first 747-8, Air Force One has a near miss, and more…

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First Bombing Of An Airliner: October 10 in Aviation History

Posted October 10, 2012 by NYCA Admin

A Boeing 727 is shot down in the Congo, a United Airlines flight becomes the first victim of a bombing, and more…

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An SR-71B Blackbird, NASA 831, slices across the snow-covered southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California after being refueled by an Air Force tanker during a 1994 flight. SR-71B was the trainer version of the SR-71. Notice the dual cockpit to allow the instructor to fly the airplane. (Photo by NASA)
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Last Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird: October 9 in Aviation History

Posted October 9, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

The SR-71 Blackbird makes its final flight, Clement Ader flies the world’s first powered airplane, 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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