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December 2018 Flight Bites
« on: December 01, 2018, 04:50:24 PM »
Well it`s tinsel,and untangling the dodgy tree lights time again-and a new month for the Flight Bites.


1st Dec 1911....Royal Navy Lt Arthur Longmore lands a float-equipped Short Improved S.27 in the River Medway,becoming the first in the UK to take off from land and make a successful water landing.

1st Dec 1919....The Wright-Martin Corporation changes its name to Wright Aeronautical Corporation.Early aircraft manufacturing companies often merged and names changed.

1st Dec 1925....The Boeing Airplane Co. delivers the first of 10 FB-1 s to the Navy.This single-seat land biplane is the Navy version of the Army PW-9 fighter.

1st Dec 1932....First flight of the Bernard 200 T,a French 3-4 seat tourer.Powered by a 120hp de Havilland Gipsy III inverted four-cylinder air-cooled piston engine, driving a two-blade prop.

1st Dec 1932....First flight of the Heinkel He 70 is a mail plane and fast passenger aircraft.It was a leading design for its day,setting eight world speed records by the beginning of 1933.

1st Dec 1934....The first airway traffic control center is opened in Newark, N.J., operated by staff of Eastern Air Lines,United Air Lines,American Airlines and TWA.

1st Dec 1969....The first legislation to limit aircraft noise levels at airports is introduced in U. S. Federal Air Regulation, Part 36.

1st Dec 1970....First flight of the Dassault Mystère/Falcon 10,an early corporate jet.It was operated by civil and military users,and it remains a popular business jet on the second hand market.

1st Dec 1976....First flight of the Ahrens AR 404,a prototype US civil transport high-wing monoplane,powered by four turboprop engines.It was designed to carry 30 passengers,only two were built.

1st Dec 1977....First flight of the Lockheed Have Blue,a proof of concept demonstrator that preceded the production F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft.Both prototypes were lost due to mechanical problems.

1st Dec 1984....Intentional crash of Boeing 720 in the NASA Controlled Impact Demonstration program at Edwards AFB.It went badly wrong.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXZPf3-4B4k

1st Dec 1995....First flight of the Air Tractor AT-602,an agricultural aircraft.Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PT6A-60AG turboprop, 1,050 hp

1st Dec 2001....Cpt. Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220,an MD-83,into St. Louis International bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA’s purchase by American Airlines.

1st Dec 2011....A CIA RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a reconnaissance mission malfunctions,veers out of control,and flies deep into Iran,where it runs out of fuel and crashes.
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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2018, 05:56:31 PM »
2nd Dec 1919....First flight of the Handley Page Type W.The W.8,W.9 and W.10 were British two and three-engine biplane airliners.It the world's first airliner to be designed with an on-board lavatory.

2nd Dec 1937....First flight of the Brewster F2A Buffalo,a US fighter.It was built in three variants for the USN:F2A-1,F2A-2 and F2A-3.It was also used by Finland,the RAF and the RAAF.

2nd Dec 1939....New York’s La Guardia Airport opened for service.Construction began in 1937 onto a metal reinforcing framework.The framework below the airport still causes magnetic interference on the                                   compasses of outgoing aircraft:signs on the airfield warn pilots about the problem.

2nd Dec 1941....Hitler orders the Luftwaffe’s Fliegerkorps II to redeploy from the Soviet Union to Sicily and North Africa to paralyze Allied sea traffic in the Mediterranean.

2nd Dec 1943....First Canadian-built Mosquito aircraft saw action over Berlin with RAF 139 Squadron.They were widely used by the RAF Pathfinder Force,marking targets for the main night-time bombers.

2nd Dec 1945....First flight of the Handley Page HP.81 Hermes,a four engine British civilian airliner,related to Handley Page's Hastings military transport.29 were built, serving briefly with BOAC.

2nd Dec 1945....First flight of the Bristol Type 170 Freighter,a British twin-engine freighter/airliner.It was a stop-gap project to provide work while the Bristol Brabazon was under development.

2nd Dec 1948....First flight of the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor,a US single-engine prop,military trainer.Over 2300 were built,with many still in service.The Turboprop T-34C Turbo-Mentor replaced it.

2nd Dec 1950....400 aircraft from seven U.N. aircraft carriers support U.N. ground forces with air strikes while USAF aircraft drop supplies in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir,Korea.

2nd Dec 1965....The USS Enterprise becomes the first nuclear-powered warship to see combat,launching air strikes at the Viet Cong near Bien Hoa.

2nd Dec 1976....The Boeing 747 SCA,an ex-American Airlines airliner which has been adapted to carry the US reusable Space Shuttle,makes its flight after extensive modifications.

2nd Dec 1986....Pacific Western Airlines merged with Canadian Pacific Airlines to form Canadian Airlines.It in turn merged with Air Canada 1st Jan 2001.

2nd Dec 1988....Launch:Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-27 at 09:30:34 EST.Mission highlights:3rd classified DoD mission;Lacrosse 1 deployment.Heat shielding was damaged during lift-off,but landed safely.

2nd Dec 1990....Launch:Space Shuttle Columbia STS-35 at 1:49:01 am EST.Mission highlights: Use of ASTRO-1 observatory.Crew of seven was led by Vance D. Brand,he commanded 3 Shuttle missions.

2nd Dec 1992....Launch:Space Shuttle Discovery STS-53 at 13:24:00 UTC.Mission highlights:Classified 10th and final DoD mission.Likely deployment of SDS2 satellite.Commanded by David M. Walker.

2nd Dec 1993....Launch:Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-61 at 10:53 am EDT.Mission highlights:Hubble Space Telescope servicing.Crew of 7 was led by former USAF fighter pilot Richard Oswalt Covey.

2nd Dec 2012....Syria announces that Damascus International Airport has reopened and is running scheduled flights after being closed for three days due to fighting in the area.
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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2018, 06:45:04 PM »
3rd Dec 1942....A Vickers Wellington specially equipped with electronic measuring equipment collects the frequency of the UHF-band airborne Lichtenstein radar used by German night fighters.

3rd Dec 1945....A Mk5 Sea Vampire became the first jet aircraft to take off and land from an aircraft carrier,HMS Ocean.Flown by Cpt Eric "Winkle" Brown,the most-decorated pilot in the history of the RN.

3rd Dec 1968....First flight of the Anahuac Tauro,a Mexican agricultural aircraft.Powerplant:1 × Jacobs R-755-SM seven-cylinder radial engine,350 hp.12 Examples were built.

3rd Dec 1971....Start of the Indo-Pakistani War,Lasting just 13 days,it is one of the shortest wars in history.The Indian Air Force loses 72 aircraft and the Pakistan Air Force 94 aircraft.

3rd Dec 1973....Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.The photos would later be rejected on Airliners.net for “bad distance”. Raspberry noises to them.

3rd Dec 1985....The ATR-42 twin-turboprop,short-haul regional airliner developed and manufactured in France and Italy,designated as the ATR 42-300,was delivered to French launch customer Air Littoral.

3rd Dec 1999....NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.Matt Damon found it later.

3rd Dec 2003....First flight of the Honda HA-420 HondaJet,the first aircraft developed by the Honda Aircraft Company.It is a twin-engine,six-seat light business jet.

3rd Dec 2004....The 500th Boeing 777 is rolled out.The 777 will reach 500 airplanes delivered faster than any other twin-aisle airplane in history.1571 had been built by Sept 2018.

3rd Dec 2005....XCOR Aerospace makes the first ever manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave,California.They used a EZ-Rocket,a Rutan Long-EZ homebuilt aircraft fitted with two rocket engines.
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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2018, 06:25:27 PM »
4th Dec 1938....First flight of the Miles M.18,a single-engine,twin-seat light civil utility aircraft.It was a series of three slightly different prototype aircraft.G-AHKY survives at East Fortune.

4th Dec 1940....Control of RAF Coastal Command is transferred to the Royal Navy,although Coastal Command remains part of the RAF.Air protection of Allied merchant shipping begins to improve.

4th Dec 1944....First flight of the Bristol Brigand,an anti-shipping/ground attack/dive bomber.147 were built and were used by the RAF in Malaya and Kenya.It was a replacement for the Beaufighter.

4th Dec 1950....A Pan American World Airways Boeing 307 Strato-Clipper sets a new record time for a commercial flight from Honolulu,to Los Angeles California,making the trip in 7 hrs 20 mins.

4th Dec 1952....First flight of the Grumman S-2 Tracker,an anti-submarine warfare for the USN.It had twin radial engines,a high wing that could be folded for storage on carriers,and tricycle undercarriage.

4th Dec 1955....Glenn L. Martin,pilot,engineer and founder of the Glenn L. Martin Company,dies at age 69.He was an early American aviation pioneer.

4th Dec 1958....First flight of the Baade 152,a German prototype 4 jet airliner.Three were built;two of them were flown on three test flights,but were scrapped after the first prototype crashed.

4th Dec 1958....The last Avro CF-100 was rolled from the production line at Malton,Ontario.The CF-100 was the only Canadian-designed fighter to enter mass production.

4th Dec 1961....The National Air and Space Museum receives the Presidential VC-54C Douglas C-54 transport “Sacred Cow” used by US Presidents Roosevelt and Truman.

4th Dec 1965....Gemini 7 is launched,it was the fourth manned Gemini flight.The crew of Frank Borman and Jim Lovell spent nearly 14 days in space,making a total of 206 orbits.

4th Dec 1967....The A-7 A Corsair II strike aircraft enters combat for the first time,operating from the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61) over Vietnam.

4th Dec 1991....Pan Am,bankrupt since August 11,is finally dissolved after 63 years of operation.The airline is credited for many innovations that shaped the international airline industry.

4th Dec 1998....Launch:Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-88 at 03:35:34 EST (8:35:34 GMT).Mission highlights:ISS assembly flight 2A:Node 1.First Shuttle ISS assembly flight.

4th Dec 2012....(NATO) approves the deployment of MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missiles in a 40-km (25-mile)-wide zone along Turkey's border with Syria.
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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2018, 05:31:31 PM »
5th Dec 1909....George Taylor,and his wife Florence becomes the first person,and she becomes the first woman in Australia to fly a heavier-than-aircraft.They fly separately in Taylor`s Glider.

5th Dec 1919....Colombian airline Avianca is founded,it was initially registered under the name SCADTA.It has been the national airline and flag carrier of Colombia since it`s formation.

5th Dec 1941....First flight of the Kawanishi E15K Shiun,a single-engined Japanese recon floatplane.It was powered by a 1,460 hp Mitsubishi MK4D Kasei radial driving two Contra-rotating two-bladed props.

5th Dec 1942....Canadian Vickers prototype of the Consolidated Canso was test flown at St Hubert Quebec,by ECW Dobbin and crew.G-PBYA a regular on the UK airshow circuit is a Canadian Vickers Canso.

5th Dec 1945....Flight 19 was the designation of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared during a USN overwater navigation training flight from NAS Fort Lauderdale.Some say they were abducted by aliens.

5th Dec 1961....A U.S. Navy McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom II sets a sustained altitude record of 66,443.8 feet.

5th Dec 1956....Northrop XSM-62 Snark,N-69D test model,with guidance system,launches from Cape Canaveral,goes off-course,ignores destruct command,disappears over Brazil.It is found by a farmer in Jan 1983.

5th Dec 2001....Launch:Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-108 at 22:19:28 UTC.Mission highlights: ISS supply,crew rotation.was the 12th shuttle flight to visit the International Space Station

5th Dec 2006....Lufthansa becomes the first airline to order the Boeing 747-8 passenger jet with an order for 20 aircraft,and options for an additional 20.
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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 07:34:05 PM »
6th Dec 1907...First flight of the AEA Cygnet a tethered glider,designed by Alexander Graham Bell.The flight is also the for Thomas Selfridge,later killed in the crash of a powered aircraft.

6th Dec 1917...Chikuhei Nakajima and Seibi Kawanishi found the Japan Aeroplane Manufacturing Work Company Ltd.It is the first aircraft manufacturing company in Japan.

6th Dec 1928...North American Aviation Inc.is founded,a major American aerospace manufacturer,responsible for a number of historic aircraft,T-6 Texan,P-51,B-25,F-86,X-15,XB-70 and Apollo,and the                                         Space Shuttle.

6th Dec 1944...First flight of the Heinkel He 162,a German single-engine,jet-powered fighter.It was designed and built in a hurry,it proved difficult to fly and was unstable,300+ were built.

6th Dec 1955...First flight of the Bensen B-8,a US built small,single-seat autogyro.It was a home build,the design proved to be extremely popular,thousands of sets of plans sold over thirty years.

6th Dec 1957...First flight of the Lockheed L-188 Electra,a four turboprop airliner.In later years many were modified as freighters,and some are still active to this day.

6th Dec 1959...A McDonnell F4 H-1 Phantom II,flown by Navy Commander Lawrence E.Flint,sets a new world altitude record of 98,556 feet (30,040 m) in Operation Top Flight.

6th Dec 1975...The first airmail flight by a supersonic aircraft is made by the Tupolev Tu-144,carrying mail between Moscow and Alma Ata,within the U. S. S. R.

6th Dec 1989...The prototype of the Boeing MH-47E Chinook special operations helicopter rolls out.They feature increased fuel capacity and terrain following/terrain avoidance radar.

6th Dec 1991...First flight of the Dornier 328,a twin turboprop-powered commuter airliner.There is also a jet-powered version of the aircraft,the Fairchild Dornier 328JET.

6th Dec 1993...First flight of the Canadair CL-415,an amphibious aircraft based on the Canadair CL-215,and designed specifically for aerial firefighting,built by Canadair then Bombardier.

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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2018, 07:01:30 PM »
7th Dec 1928....First flight of the de Havilland DH.75 Hawk Moth,a four-seat cabin monoplane.It was designed as a light transport or air-taxi for export.Just 8 of the type were completed.

7th Dec 1940....First flight of the Fairey Barracuda,a carrier-borne torpedo and dive bomber.It had a crew of three and replaced the Fairey Swordfish and Albacore biplanes.Over 2600 were built.

7th Dec 1941....The Imperial Japanese Navy makes a devastatingly successful surprise attack using almost 400 aircraft on the US Navy fleet at Pearl Harbor.The US declares war on Japan.

7th Dec 1941....First flight of the Nakajima A6M2-N,a single-crew floatplane based on the Mitsubishi A6M Zero Model 11.It was developed to defend remote bases,and entered service in 1942.

7th Dec 1941....Canada declares war on Japan,and immediate steps were taken to strengthen the Pacific Coast defenses.

7th Dec 1942....First flight of the Bell P-63 Kingcobra,a fighter developed from the Bell P-39 Airacobra in an attempt to correct that aircraft's deficiencies.It was adopted by the Soviet Air Force.

7th Dec 1944....A major earthquake in Japan badly damages aircraft factories,including the Aichi factory,the Mitsubishi plant at Nagoya,and the Nakajima plant at Handa.

7th Dec 1944....First flight of the Northrop JB-1A Bat,a jet-propelled flying wing makes its first/last powered,but unmanned,flight.It climbed rapidly,then stalled and crashed after 400 yards.

7th Dec 1945....New Zealand National Airways Corporation is founded with amalgamation of Union Airways,Air Travel and Cook Strait Airways.

7th Dec 1962....First flight of the Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon,a three-engined heavy transport helicopter.Both civilian and military versions of the Super Frelon were built.Production ended in 1981.

7th Dec 1972....Apollo 17,the last Apollo moon mission,is launched.The crew take the photograph known as “The Blue Marble” as they leave the Earth.Commander Eugene Cernan led the 3 man crew.

7th Dec 1981....The license built Mitsubishi F-15Ja twin-engine,all-weather air superiority fighter based on the F-15 Eagle enters service with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).

7th Dec 1995....The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter,just over six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34.

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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2018, 02:57:53 PM »
8th Dec 1941....Japanese air attacks destroy many aircraft of the USAAF`s Far East Air Force in the Philippine Islands.Japanese aircraft also begin attacks on Hong Kong, Guam,and Wake Island.

8th Dec 1945....First flight of the Bell 47 prototype,a single engine multi-purpose light helicopter.More than 5,600 Bell 47s were produced,some under license in Italy,UK,and Japan.

8th Dec 1962....First flight of the Bell 206A Jetranger,part of a family of two-bladed,single/twin-engined helicopters.The JetRanger was a huge success with over 7,300 built in civil and military versions.

8th Dec 1965....The McDonnell Douglas DC-9,a twin-engine,single-aisle jet airliner,enters service with launch customer Delta Airlines.DC-9-based airliners including the MD-80, MD-90 and Boeing 717.

8th Dec 1983....Landed:Space shuttle Columbia STS-9 at 18:47:24 EDT (23:47:24 UTC) Edwards AFB, Runway 17.Mission highlights: First Spacelab mission.

8th Dec 2006....First flight of the Boeing X-53 Active Aeroelastic Wing.The technology was flight tested on a modified McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.

8th Dec 2009....In the United Kingdom,Coventry Airport announces that it is to close with immediate effect due to its owners being wound up in the High Court.

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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2018, 05:00:33 PM »
9th Dec 1904....The Wright brothers discontinued trials with Flyer II after completing 105 tests,and 80 brief flights since they began flying the new machine in May 1904.

9th Dec 1909....Dr.Henry W.Walden makes the first flight with his triplane known as the Walden III.It is powered by a three-cylinder,22-HP Anzani engine.

9th Dec 1946....The first powered flight of the Bell X-1.A rocket engine–powered supersonic research project.Several glide flights had been flown after the aircraft was dropped from a B-29.

9th Dec 1951....First flight of the Fiat G.80,a military jet trainer.The Aeronautica Militare found it unsuitable for their requirements and did not purchase it in quantity,just 5 were built.

9th Dec 1956....Deliveries of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules begin.The C-130A,was powered by Allison T56-A-9 turboprops with three-blade props,and originally had the blunt nose of the prototypes.

9th Dec 1970....Artem Mikoyan dies,aged 65.He was a Soviet Armenian aircraft designer.In partnership with Mikhail Gurevich he designed many of the famous MiG military aircraft.

9th Dec 1983.....Delta Airlines receives the 1000th Boeing B737 built,a B737-232ADV N306DL.

9th Dec 1988....First flight of the Saab JAS 39 Gripen,a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft.It has a delta wing and canard configuration with fly-by-wire flight controls.

9th Dec 2002....First flight of the Diamond DA42 Twin Star,a four seat,twin engine,propeller-driven airplane built in Austria.In 2004,the DA42 became the first diesel-powered fixed-wing aircraft to perform                                  a non-stop crossing of the North Atlantic.

9th Dec 2005....The Venus Express,the first exploration mission of the European Space Agency,launched from Kazakhstan.It arrived on Venus the following April.

9th Dec 2006....Launch:Space Shuttle Discoverys STS-116 at 01:47:35 UTC.Mission highlights:ISS assembly flight 12A.1:P5 Truss & Spacehab-SM,crew rotation.Crew of 7 led by ex USAF Mark L. Polansky.

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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2018, 05:04:29 PM »
10th Dec 1914....HMS Ark Royal is commissioned into the Royal Navy,the first ship in history designed and built as a seaplane carrier.It was renamed HMS Pegasus in 1934 and served as a training ship.

10th Dec 1919....First England to Australia flight is achieved by a crew of 4 in a Vickers Vimy.Flying from Hounslow Heath to Darwin.A distance of 11,340 miles,flying 135hrs 55mins at an average of 83 mph.

10th Dec 1938....First flight of the Lockheed Hudson,a twin engine light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the RAF.It was also used by the RCAF and RAAF,Almost 3000 built.

10th Dec 1941....An SBD Dauntless dive bomber from USS Enterprise flown by Lt Clarence E.Dickinson sinks the Japanese submarine I-70 near Oahu.It is the first Japanese submarine sunk by US forces.

10th Dec 1955....First flight of the Ryan X-13 Vertijet,an experimental (VTOL) jet.The Air Force chose not to continue development because of the lack of an operational requirement.Just 2 built.

10th Dec 1957....First flight of the Aermacchi MB-326,a light military jet trainer.Originally conceived as a two-seat trainer,there have also been single and two-seat light attack versions produced.

10th Dec 1958....National Airlines operates the very first domestic jet service in the United States,flying a Boeing 707 from Miami to New York’s Idlewild (now JFK).

10th Dec 1974....Helios 1 of 2 is launched by the US and Germany,later to make the closest flyby of the Sun.The probes are no longer functional but remain in their elliptical orbits around the Sun.

10th Dec 1998....Captain Michael VandenBos of the Snowbirds aerobatic team dies in a midair collision between two CT-114 Tutors during training near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

10th Dec 2004....The US FAA issues an Emergency Airworthiness Directive grounding the entire US fleet of Beechcraft T-34 Mentor aircraft.The AD is in response to fatal in-flight structural failure`s.

10th Dec 2004....Two CT-114 Tutors from Canada's Snowbirds aerobatic team collide at the top of a loop during practice while training near Mossbank,Saskatchewan over Mossbank Airfield.



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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2018, 05:39:27 PM »
11th Dec 1917...Katherine Stinson flew 606 miles from San Diego to San Francisco,setting a new American non-stop distance record.Her flying inspired her brothers to form the Stinson Aircraft Company.

11th Dec 1941...The United States exchanges declarations of war with Germany and Italy.

11th Dec 1941...U.S.Navy PBY Catalina flying boats arrive in Natal,Brazil,to begin patrols of the Brazilian coast and the South Atlantic Ocean.

11th Dec 1961...The first US military aircraft are based in Vietnam,as the U.S.Army’s 8th and 57th Transportation Companies,are equipped with 32 H-21 C Shawnee transport helicopters.

11th Dec 1978...Six masked men overcome and tie-up 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at John F. Kennedy International Airport,escaping with US$5.8 million in cash & jewellery.

11th Dec 1981...First flight of the OMAC Laser 300,an unusual design,with a canard layout,a pusher turboprop engine,and a high,cantilever,swept wing carrying endplate-type fins at its tips.

11th Dec 1986...First flight of the McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle,an all-weather multirole strike fighter.It has been deployed for operations in Iraq,Afghanistan, Syria,and Libya,among others.

11th Dec 1994...A bomb explodes on board Philippine Airlines Flight 434,a Boeing 747,killing one passenger.Despite control damage,the crew succeeds in making an emergency landing at Naha,Okinawa.

11th Dec 2009...First flight of the Airbus A400M Atlas,a European,four-engine turboprop military transport.A tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities to replace older transport aircraft types.

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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2018, 08:58:56 PM »
12th Dec 1915....First flight of the Junkers J 1,an experimental monoplane.It holds the distinction of being the world's first practical all-metal aircraft.Just one was built.

12th Dec 1918....Cpt R.M.Smith,Brig Gen A.E.Borton and Maj Gen W.Salmond set out in a Handley Page O/400 from Heliopolis to Karachi,to survey a route for airmail to India.

12th Dec 1924....First cross-country flight by a rotary-wing aircraft,a Cierva C.6 autogyro piloted by Captain Joaquín Loriga Taboada from Cuatro Vientos airfield to Getafe, Spain,a journey of 7 miles.

12th Dec 1927....First flight of the Nakajima A1N,a Japanese carrier-based biplane fighter.It was a licensed copy of the British Gloster Gambet fighter and approximately 150 were built in total.

12th Dec 1938....First flight of the Fairey Albacore,a single-engine carrier-borne biplane torpedo bomber for the RNFAA.It was to replace the Swordfish,but it was retired first.800 were completed.

12th Dec 1939....The Blackburn B.26 Botha,a four-seat reconnaissance and torpedo bomber,enters RAF service.It proved to be severely underpowered and unstable,despite this 580 were built.

12th Dec 1951....First flight of the de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter,a single-engined,high-wing,propeller-driven,STOL aircraft.It was developed as a larger version of the DHC-2 Beaver.

12th Dec 1953....Chuck Yeager flying the Bell X-1 A,achieved an altitude of 74,700 feet (22,800 m) and a new airspeed record of Mach 2.44 (equal to 1620 mph) in level flight.

12th Dec 1957....Major Adrian Drew sets a new world speed record,in a modified F-101 Voodoo,of 1,207.6mph during "Operation Firewall"It had the more powerful J-57-P-53 engines.

12th Dec 1979....First flight of the Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk,a twin turboshaft engine,multi-role United States Navy helicopter based on the United States Army UH-60 BlackHawk.

12th Dec 1988....First flight of the CMC Leopard,a British light personal business jet.Two prototypes were built and flown,but it was never put into production.
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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2018, 07:19:39 PM »
13th Dec 1913....German balloonist Hugo Kaulen stays aloft for 87 hours.This record lasted until 1976.

13th Dec 1918....Maj A.S.C.MacLaren and Cpt Robert Halley set out on the first England-India flight,in a Handley Page V/1500,the first prototype was constructed by Harland and Wolff at Belfast.

13th Dec 1949....The prototype of the North American Aviation YF-93 arrives at Edwards Airforce base for testing.Just 2 were built and the aircraft did not enter production.

13th Dec 1959....First flight of the Aviamilano P.19 Scricciolo,a light civil trainer aircraft.Pilot and instructor sat side by side under a large bubble canopy.50 aircraft were completed.

13th Dec 1972....Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or “Moonwalk” of Apollo 17.This was the last manned mission to the moon.

13th Dec 1984....The first flight of the Grumman X-29 FSW,an experimental aircraft that tested a forward-swept wing,canard control surfaces,and other novel aircraft technologies.
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Re: December 2018 Flight Bites
« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 08:06:04 PM »
14th Dec 1903....Wilbur Wright makes the first,and unsuccessful attempt at powered flight at Kill Devil Hills,North Carolina.His aircraft stalls after 3 ½ seconds in the air and crash-lands.

14th Dec 1916....Flight SubLt.Arthur Ince a RFC Observer shot down a Geman seaplane off the coast of Belgium.This was the first Canadian aerial victory.He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

14th Dec 1927....US aircraft carrier USS Lexington is commissioned.Originally designed as a battlecruiser,the ship entered service in 1928 and was assigned to the Pacific Fleet for her entire career.

14th Dec 1931....Douglas Bader,attempting a low-level roll in Bristol Bulldog Mk.IIA,K1676,of 23 Squadron at RAF Woodley,hooks a wingtip,rolls the biplane into a ball,and loses both his legs.

14th Dec 1944....First flight of the Short Shetland,a high-speed,long-range,four-engined flying boat.The end of World War II prevented the Shetland from entering production,just 2 built.

14th Dec 1953....First flight of the Miles M.77 Sparrowjet,a twin-engined jet-powered racing aircraft.It was developed from the Miles M.5 Sparrowhawk a new tail section and front fuselage.

14th Dec 1956....Brazil becomes the first country in Latin America to acquire an aircraft carrier,purchasing HMS Vengeance (R71) from the United Kingdom.

14th Dec 1959....Captain Joe B.Jordan,USAF,sets a new world altitude record of 31,513 meters (103,389 feet) in a Lockheed F-104C Starfighter,56-885.

14th Dec 1961....Second prototype Hawker Siddeley P.1127,XP836,crashed at RNAS Yeovilton (HMS Heron) when a 'cold nozzle' is lost in flight.Pilot Bill Bedford ejects at 200 feet.

14th Dec 1962....Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly past Venus.It was the first robotic space probe to conduct a successful planetary encounter.Last contact was 3rd Jan 1963.

14th Dec 1972....Apollo program:Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon,after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) of Apollo 17.

14th Dec 1977....First flight of the Mil Mi-26,a Soviet heavy transport helicopter.Used by both military and civilian operators,it is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into production.

14th Dec 1979....First flight of the Edgley EA-7 Optica,a British light aircraft designed for low-speed observation work,and intended as a low-cost alternative to helicopters.

14th Dec 1986....(14-23) First non-stop flight around the planet without refueling – The Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager,a distance of 40,212 kilometres (24,987 mi).

14th Dec 1988....JAL announces that they will be the first airline to add personal video screens on their 747-400 s in the first and business class cabins.That`s when the fights started-lol.

14th Dec 2009....Cabin crew at British Airways vote overwhelmingly in favor of a planned 12 days of strike action over Christmas and the New Year in a dispute over job cuts and changes to staff contracts.
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