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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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January 13th in Aviation History: Air Florida 90 Crashes and First Single Rotor Helicopter Flight

Posted January 13, 2014 by NYCAviation Staff

The Air Florida Flight 90 disaster takes 78 lives in Washington DC, and an Uzbekistan Yak-42 crashes in Tashkent. In happier news, Igor Sikorsky makes the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight, Shuttle Endeavour launches on STS-54, and an ejection seat is used for the first time.

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The remnants of Shuttle Columbia rain down over Texas.
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10 Years Since Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster: February 1st in Aviation History

Posted February 1, 2013 by NYCA Admin

Today marks the anniversaries of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, UAL’s emergence from bankruptcy, Boeing’s decision to discontinue the 727 and more…

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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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