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)

Today in Aviation History: December 19th

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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On This Day in Aviation History: February 3rd

The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash. Also, a US Marines jet slices down a cable car in Italy, Lufthansa launches the first regular transatlantic...
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On This Day in Aviation History: May 6th

The Hindenburg Disaster in Lakehurst, New Jersey ends the era of the airship. Several firsts, such as PSA's inaugural flight, United's flights between NY and San Francisco, first flight of the P-47 Thunderbolt, and TWA's delive...
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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)

First Flight of the Super Guppy: August 31 in Aviation History

Rocky Marciano dies in a plane crash, Aeromexico Flight 498 suffers a midair collision near LAX, and more...
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On This Day in Aviation History: December 14th

The X-29 makes its first flight, JAL adds personal TVs to their 747s, Burt Rutan's Voyager departs for first nonstop flight around the world, and more...
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