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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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World’s First Jet Plane Takes Off in Nazi Germany: July 18 in Aviation History

Posted July 18, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

The world’s first jet plane makes its first flight, John Glenn is born, the first female 747 captain takes off, and more.

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The wreckage of the Boeing 747-100 that operated TWA Flight 800 was reconstructed in a hangar. (Photo by NTSB)
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TWA Flight 800 and TAM Flight 3054 End in Tragedy: July 17th in Aviation History

Posted July 17, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Tragic crashes of TWA Flight 800 and TAM Flight 3054, Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn, Apollo 11 launch, and more…

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Apollo 11 flies towards earth orbit with the American flag in the foreground. (Photo by NASA)
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Apollo 11 Moon Launch, JFK Jr. Plane Crash: July 16th in Aviation History

Posted July 16, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Apollo 11 launches for the Moon, John F. Kennedy Jr. dies in a plane crash, first ever aircraft hijacking, TWA is formed, and more…

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Air-to-air photo of the Boeing 367-80 Dash 80, showing the aircraft passing over Washington's Olympic Peninsula. (Photo by Joe Parke, via Boeing)
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Boeing 707 Prototype Makes First Test Flight, First USSR-US Service Takes Off: July 15 in Aviation History

Posted July 15, 2012 by NYCA Admin

1916: A timber merchant named William E. Boeing and a US Navy engineer named George Conrad Westervelt form a new aircraft company called the Pacific Aero Products Company. A year later it would be renamed Boeing Airplane Company. 1923: Dobrolyot, a Soviet state airline and predecessor of today’s Aeroflot, launches its first scheduled domestic service, […]

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A Washington Herald cover photo captured Atwood's approach to the White House South Lawn. (Photo by G.V. Bock, via Library of Congress)
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Plane Lands on White House Lawn, Howard Hughes Sets Round-the-World Speed Record: July 14th in Aviation History

Posted July 14, 2012 by NYCA Admin

Harry Atwood lands his “Moth” biplane on the White House lawn, Howard Hughes sets a new round-the-world speed record, and more…

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Hubble Space Telescope is Launched, Longest Flight by a UAV: April 24th in Aviation History

Posted April 24, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Launch of the Hubble Space Telescope on Space Shuttle Discovery, a Global Hawk UAV flies from California to Australia nonstop, heli-logging pioneers Columbia Helicopters is founded, LOT Polish Airlines launches service to New York, and more…

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The MIT Daedalus makes a test flight at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. (Photo by NASA)
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US Bans Smoking on Short Flights, First Launch of Soyuz: April 23rd in Aviation History

Posted April 23, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Flight of Daedalus recreated with a pedal-powered aircraft, US bans smoking on flights under 2 hours, Soyuz 1 launches from Kazakhstan, North Sea Aerial Navigation Company launches service, and more…

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