On This Day in Aviation History


Today in Aviation History: December 15th

2009 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight.

2006 – The F-35 Lightning II makes its maiden flight.

2005 – The F-22 Raptor enters service after 15 years of testing (including the YF-22 version).

1997 – A Tajikistan Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 crashes on approach to Sharejah, UAE, after descending below the authorized altitude. There was only one survivor of the 86 people on-board.

1996 – The merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing is announced.  The new company, still named Boeing, will surpass Lockheed Martin as the nation’s largest defense contractor with estimated annual revenues of $48 billion and a combined backlog of $120 billion.

1989 – KLM Flight 867, a 747-400 registered PH-BFC, flies through a cloud of volcanic ash spewed from Mount Redoubt while descending to Anchorage, Alaska. After falling 14,000 ft, the engines finally turned back on, allowing them to safely land.

1970 – Soviet space probe Venera 7 lands on Venus, marking the first successful soft landing on another planet.

1965 – Gemini 6A is launched from Cape Canaveral, manned by astronauts Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford. It would make the first space rendezvous with Gemini 7 shortly thereafter.

1959 – A new speed record of 1,526 mph (2,456 km/h) is set by Maj. J.W. Roberts flying a Convair F-106 Delta Dart.

1955 – The de Havilland Mosquito concludes its career with the Royal Air Force.

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