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Apollo 15 Lunar Rover. (Photo by NASA)
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Delta Flight 723 Crashes in Boston, President Truman Dedicates Idlewild Airport: July 31 in Aviation History

Posted July 31, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Today we wish JFK Airport a Happy Birthday! We also look back at the crash of a Delta DC-9, the last day of Northeast Airlines 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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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 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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First flight of the Douglas DC-9 N9DC
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February 25th in Aviation History: First Flight of the DC-9, Turkish 737 Crashes in Amsterdam

Posted February 25, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

First flight of the Douglas DC-9, a Turkish Airlines 737 crashes in Amsterdam, all flights in North America become smoke-free, TWA begins domestic 747 service, Chuck Yeager flies his last USAF sortie, and more…

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U.S. Navy's ZMC-2 metal skinned airship.
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Orville Wright is Born: August 19 in Aviation History

Posted August 19, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Happy birthday to Orville Wright! Also, first flight of the B-25 Mitchell, Russian space dogs Belka and Strelka orbit the earth, and more…

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Long March 3 rocket going off-course on launch, to kill an untold amount of locals upon crash landing moments later.
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On This Day in Aviation History: February 14th

Posted February 14, 2010 by Phil Derner Jr.

The crashes of Belvia Flight 1834 and Indian Airlines Flight 605, China’s Long March 3 rocket kills villagers in a launch accident, India receives its first Soviet-built fighters, the first GPS satellite launched 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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The White House Enters the Jet Age: August 26th in Aviation History

Posted August 26, 2010 by NYCA Admin

The White House enters the jet age, Mehran Karimi Nasseri begins what would be the 18 year layover in Charles De Gaulle Airport in that inspired the film The Terminal; 2003, the final report on the Shuttle Columbia disaster is released.

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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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On This Day in Aviation History: February 11th

Posted February 11, 2011 by Phil Derner Jr.

The first African American flight attendant is hired, JetBlue begins operations, United completes Pan Am purchase, Pacific Western Airlines Flight 314 crashes and much more.

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An American Airlines Douglas DC-4.
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March 4th in Aviation History: American Begins Flying the Douglas DC-4 on Cross-Country Flights

Posted March 4, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

American Airlines begins DC-4 cross country flights, the Hindenburg makes its first flight, Herbert Hoover becomes the first civilian to break the sound barrier, and more…

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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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Gorgeous photo of a Canadian CT-114 Tutor after the Snowbirds performed at the 2009 Jones Beach Air Show in New York. (Photo by John Klos)
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On This Day in Aviation History: December 10th

Posted December 10, 2011 by Phil Derner Jr.

National Airlines flies the first domestic jet service in the U.S., two Canadian Snowbirds accidents on the same date six years apart, two men complete the first England-Australia flight, and more…

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The X-15 became the first manned aircraft to exceed Mach 4 on this day in 1961.
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March 7th in Aviation History: The X-15 Breaks Mach 4, Kepler Space Observatory is Launched

Posted March 7, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

The X-15 exceeds Mach 4, a British engineer flies in an inflatable airplane, the crashes of Northwest Flight 307, Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 and a Skymaster Airlines 707, 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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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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On This Day in Aviation History: February 8th

Posted February 8, 2011 by Phil Derner Jr.

Freddie Laker founds Laker Airways, the FAA retires Amelia Earhart’s aircraft registration, the first Boeing 247 takes flight, the crashes of Independent Air 1851 in 1989 and Eastern Air Lines 663 in 1965 and 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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This Day in Aviation History: November 3rd

Posted November 3, 2011 by Phil Derner Jr.

Launches of Mariner 10 and Sputnik 2, a parachute escape by Charles Lindbergh, the first test flight of an all-metal airship, and more…

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