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The first FedEx aircraft to carry a package, a Dassault Falcon 20 (N8FE), on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Christopher Owens)
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FedEx Begins Flying Packages, Woman Pilot Circumnavigates Globe: April 17th in Aviation History

Posted April 17, 2012 by NYCA Admin

FedEx begins operations, Apollo 13 returns safely to earth, Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to fly around the world solo, Howard Hughes sets a transcontinental speed record, and more…

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A Pan American Sikorsky S-42 flying boat taking off. (Photo by US Navy)
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Pan Am Begins First Mainland Flights to Hawaii, Harriet Quimby First Woman to Fly Across English Channel: April 16th in Aviation History

Posted April 16, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Pan Am flies from San Francisco to Hawaii with a Sikorsky S-42 flying boat, Harriet Quimby crosses the English Channel, Apollo 16 launches for the Moon, Canada forms its first air force, and more…

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Two Midwest Airlines Boeing 717s, N902ME and sister ship N904ME, taxiing to their gates at LaGuardia Airport. (Photo by Ron Peel)
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Pan Am Orders 25 Boeing 747s, Apollo 13 Suffers ‘A Problem’: April 13th in Aviation History

Posted April 13, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

“Houston, we have a problem.” Also, Republic Airways says it will dump the Midwest brand in favor of Frontier, Apollo an AeroUnion Airbus A300 crashes in Mexico, the Bremen makes the first westbound transatlantic crossing, and more…

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The damaged US Navy Lockheed EP-3 that landed on Hainan Island after a collision with a Chinese Shenyang J-8 interceptor. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)
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April 11th in Aviation History: World’s Youngest Pilot Dies in Plane Crash, China Releases US Navy Airmen

Posted April 11, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Seven-year-old “pilot” Jessica Dubroff is killed in a plane crash, Apollo 13 launches, Air India’s Kashmir Princess is bombed, and more…

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The first Boeing 737-100 (N73700) in house colors. (Photo by Boeing)
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April 9th in Aviation History: Boeing 737′s First Test Flight, Air France Launches Second Concorde Route

Posted April 9, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Boeing flies the 737 for the first time, the first British-built Concorde flies, the Tupolev Tu-114 sets a world speed record for props, a Japanese plane flies to London, and more…

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British Airways and Iberia tails.
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April 8th in Aviation History: British Airways and Iberia Merge Business Operations, Engine Falls Off a BOAC 707

Posted April 8, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

British Airways and Iberia formally combine their businesses, an engine explodes and falls off of a BOAC Boeing 707 near Heathrow, a South African de Havilland Comet crashes in the Mediterranean, and more…

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This FedEx DC-10 (N306FE) was involved in an attempted hijacking in 1994. (Photo by JoePriesAviation.net)
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April 7th in Aviation History: Disgruntled FedEx Pilot Attempts to Crash DC-10, Astronauts Make First Shuttle Spacewalk

Posted April 7, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Auburn Calloway attempts to take down a Federal Express DC-10, Story Musgrave and Don Peterson become the first astronauts to perform a space shuttle spacewalk, history’s first midair collision takes place over France, and more…

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Aero L-29 Delfin on display at the Museum of Hungarian Aviation.
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April 5th in Aviation History: The Death of Howard Hughes, Czechoslovakia’s First Jet Flies

Posted April 5, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Howard Hughes dies, North Korea launches a satellite, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 crashes in Georgia, and more…

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Closeup of the Space Shuttle Challenger STS-6 patch.
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April 4th in Aviation History: Space Shuttle Challenger’s Maiden Spaceflight

Posted April 4, 2012 by NYCA Admin

Space Shuttle Challenger makes her maiden spaceflight, a US Air Force C-5 crashes in Vietnam, the USS Akron airship crashes near New Jersey, and more…

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A painting by Jean Baptiste Mauzaisse depicts French and Austrian forces at the Battle of Fleurus with the balloon l'Entreprenant in the background.
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April 2nd in Aviation History: France Establishes World’s First Air Force, Boeing 777 Sets Speed Record

Posted April 2, 2012 by NYCA Admin

An 18th century French balloon becomes the first military aviation vehicle, SAAB is founded in Sweden, a 777 sets a round-the-world speed record, Rakesh Sharma becomes the first Indian to visit space, and more…

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A Eurofighter Typhoon in flight.
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March 27th in Aviation History: Two 747s Collide in World’s Deadliest Aviation Disaster

Posted March 27, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

The Tenerife disaster takes place, the Eurofighter Typhoon makes its first flight, Concorde flights to Miami begin, and more…

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Austrian Airlines restarted international flights with this Airbus A310, OE-LAA New York, from Vienna to JFK in 1989. (Photo by Joe Pries)
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March 26th in Aviation History: Austrian Airlines Resumes International Flights After Two Decade Hiatus

Posted March 26, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Happy Birthday to the late Swissair! Austrian Airlines resumes international service, an Arrow Air DC-10 drops some engine parts, Comair pilots launch an 89-day strike, and more…

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First successful flight of the Wright Flyer in 1903, for which the Wright Brothers filed a patent on March 23, 1902.
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March 23rd in Aviation History: Wilbur and Orville File Wright Flyer Patent

Posted March 23, 2012 by Phil Derner Jr.

The Wright Brothers file a patent for their motorized flying machine, a FedEx MD-11 crashes in Tokyo, an Aeroflot A310 crashes when he lets his children take over the controls, and more…

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The Antonov An-225 Mriya CCCP-82060 is seen here with Buran strapped to its back during a demonstration at the 1989 Paris Air Show. (Photo by Ralf Manteufel)
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March 22nd in Aviation History: Antonov An-225 Mriya Sets Takeoff Weight Record Carrying Russian Space Shuttle

Posted March 22, 2012 by Phil Derner Jr.

The An-225 sets new world records while carrying Space Shuttle Buran, a USAir jet crashes at LaGuardia Airport in New York, a British Airways 747 is hijacked, and more…

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The first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental sits at Boeing Field after landing on its first test mission. (Photo by Brandon Farris)
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March 20th in Aviation History: First Flight of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

Posted March 20, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

The passenger version of Boeing’s latest 747 takes flight, the botched takeoff of an Emirates A340 nearly ends in disaster, US and its allies invade Iraq, Amelia Earhart’s first attempt to circle the globe ends with a blown tire, and more…

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Eight Tuskegee Airmen pose in front of a P-40, circa May 1942 to Aug 1943.
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March 19th in Aviation History: Tuskegee Airmen Activated for Combat

Posted March 19, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

A plane crash claims the life of Ozzy Osborne guitarist Randy Rhoads, Nordair launches the first jet service inside the Arctic Circle, the Tuskegee Airmen are activated, and more…

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Austrian Airlines' first flight took place on this day in 1958
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March 18th in Aviation History: Austrian Airlines Launches Service

Posted March 18, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

Europe’s first airplane takes flight, Austrian Airlines launches service, Delta offers voluntary severance to 30,000 employees, the crash of a Boeing 307 Stratoliner during a test flight, and more…

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An Eastern Air Lines Douglas DC-9 similar to that which was hijacked on this day in 1970
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March 17th in Aviation History: Hijacker Kills Eastern Air Lines Pilot in Boston Hijacking Attempt

Posted March 17, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

A hijacking attempt over Boston ends safely for passengers but not the first officer, Air Inter launches service in France, Linda Finch recreates Amelia Earhart’s flight around the world, a JAL 747 makes the first nonstop Tokyo-New York flight, and more…

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The Boeing 767 prototype (N767BA) flies over Washington's Mt. Rainier.
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March 16th in Aviation History: Boeing 767 Sets Twin-Engine Distance Record

Posted March 16, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

A Boeing 767 flies from Lisbon to Seattle, Gemini 8 launches from Florida, a Flying Tiger Super Connie goes missing over the Pacific, and more…

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A US Airways Fokker stored in the desert.
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March 15th in Aviation History: Fokker Stops Building Planes After 84 Years

Posted March 15, 2012 by Phil Derner Jr.

Fokker quits building planes, Pan Am launches Airbus A300 service, and more…

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