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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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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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A 727 similar to 9Q-CSG ["Champion Air 727-2S7 LAS N682CA" by Cubbie_n_Vegas via Wikimedia Commons]
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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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Space Shuttle Atlantis leaves the launch pad for the first time in 1985. (Photo by NASA)
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X-15 Sets New Airspeed Record, History’s First Mid-Air Collision: October 3 in Aviation History

Posted October 3, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Space Shuttle Atlantis leaves earth for the first time, an X-15 flies Mach 6.72, history’s first midair collision, and more…

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A Swissair Boeing 747-300 at Zurich. (Photo by Eduard Marmet via Wikipedia)
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Swissair Liquidates, Hijacker Crashes Xiamen Airlines Plane: October 2 in Aviation History

Posted October 2, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Swissair grounds its fleet, a Xiamen Airlines flight is hijacked in China, President Reagan re-starts the B-1B bomber program, and more…

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A MetroJet Boeing 737-200 (N282AU(. (Photo by Konstantin von Wedelstaedt via Wikipedia)
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US Airways Scraps MetroJet, Cathay Pacific is Founded, First All-Instruments Flight: September 24 in Aviation History

Posted September 24, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

US Airways announces the end of MetroJet, Cathay Pacific Airlines is formed, Jimmy Doolittle makes the first all-instrument flight, more…

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NASA's B377SGT Super Guppy Turbine cargo aircraft touches down at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. on June 11, 2000 to deliver the latest version of the X-38 flight test vehicle to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. (Photo by NASA)
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First Flight of the Super Guppy: August 31 in Aviation History

Posted August 31, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Rocky Marciano dies in a plane crash, Aeromexico Flight 498 suffers a midair collision near LAX, and more…

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First launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, Mission STS-41-D. (Photo by NASA)
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Space Shuttle Discovery’s First Flight: August 30 in Aviation History

Posted August 30, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

First flight of Space Shuttle Discovery, Lockheed and Martin Marietta announce a merger, a Conviasa 737 crashes into a mountain and more.

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British Island Airways BAC One-Eleven (G-AXBB "Island Entente") seen at Basle, France. (Photo by Eduard Marmet, via Wikipedia)
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First Flight of the BAC One-Eleven: August 20 in Aviation History

Posted August 20, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

First successful skydive from a plane, first scheduled airship service, launch of the Voyager 2 spacecraft, first flight test of the GE-36 propfan engine 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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Cover of the New York Daily News featuring death of Thurman Munson.
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Thurman Munson Plane Crash, Army Buys First Wright Flyer: August 2 in Aviation History

Posted August 2, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

The US Army takes delivery of its first airplane, Delta Flight 191 crashes in Dallas, Thurman Munson dies in a plane crash, and more…

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An America West Boeing 737-100 (N708AW) spotted at San Jose International Airport in 1993. (Photo by Torsten Maiwald via Wikimedia Commons)
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America West Begins Flying, Boeing Merges With McDonnell Douglas: August 1 in Aviation History

Posted August 1, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Happy birthday NORAD, America West Airlines and ALM-Antillean Airlines. Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merge, Gary Powers dies, and more…

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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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Covers of Newsday and the Daily News covering the TWA Flight 843 accident.
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TWA L-1011 Veers Off the Runway and Catches Fire at JFK: July 30 in Aviation History

Posted July 30, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

A TWA L-1011 aborts takeoff and burns at JFK while all 292 on board escape unharmed, an ANA 727 collides with a Japanese fighter, and more.

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Air France Concorde F-BTSC on fire before crashing in Paris.
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Air France Concorde Crashes in Paris: July 25 in Aviation History

Posted July 25, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

An Air France Concorde crashes in Paris, French aviator Louis BlĂ©riot crosses the English Channel, and more…

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United Flight 232 on final descent, with visible damage to its tail.
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United Airlines Flight 232 Miracle Crash Landing: July 19 in Aviation History

Posted July 19, 2012 by NYCA Admin

United Airlines Flight 232 crash lands in Sioux City, Iowa after an amazing feat of airmanship by its captain and crew, TWA begins showing in-flight movies, and more…

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