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Most Significant Aviation Event In Your Birth Year  
User currently offlineCopper1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 439 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4935 times:

Year of Birth----1960

Military Aviation

Date: 05 May

Shooting down of Gary Francis Powers in his USAF U-2 spy plane.

Civil Aviation

16 December

TWA Super Constellation Collides with UAL DC-8 in New York City

death toll- 132


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User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4920 times:

I'm born in 1986, the year the space shuttle Challenger exploded.



Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2357 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4921 times:

Year of Birth - 1985

KT28M - Boeing 737-200 Burns at Manchester (My Home Town) 1 month before my Birthday

Delta L1011 crashes in Windshear in Dallas

There are more, KL007 as well I think. The 1980's were the worst decade.


Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4890 times:

I think I got quite an interesting one... 1972:

  • The FAA makes inspections of carry-on baggage and passenger scanning mandatory

  • Eastern Airlines starts services with the L1011 (happened in the month of my birth - April)

  • The Apollo program ends with Apollo 17

  • The Airbus A300 flies for the first time

  • President Nixon orders the development of the Space Shuttle program

There might be more, but I'm having trouble deciding what the "most significant" one is in this list already...

Happy contrails,

Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4881 times:

Year of birth--1986...TWA 727 is hijacked over Athens, Greece in 1986, bomb explodes on it, causing some damage (I think, a little confirmation please?)...finally, in 1985 and 1986, the Icahn age begins for TWA.

Fly one thing; Fly it well
User currently offlineBRINK777 From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4865 times:

I think the hijacking and the bomb explosion were two separate incidents

User currently offlineB741 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 716 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4860 times:

1970-birth of the widebodies

Pan Am operates first 747 flight(2 weeks after my birthday)
Air Canada worst crash in Toronto(DC-8)
USAF retires B-58 "Hustler" (January)

Being Bilingual, I Speak English And Aviation
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8594 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4841 times:
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Lots happened in 1961 including the first manned space flight but if civil aviation is the criteria....

19 July
Trans World Airlines (TWA) becomes the first airline to introduce regular in-flight movies. Screened only in the first-class section of aircraft flying between New York and Los Angeles, the first film was 'By Love Possessed' with Lana Turner and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineARCJET From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4787 times:

Eastern introduced their hockey stick scheme in March 1965
Braniff introduced their END of the plain Plane scheme in November 1965
Delta inaugurated the first DC-9 service in December 1965
Lockheed was awarded the contract to build the C-5 the month I was born -
October 1965

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4753 times:

Year of birth was 1961. At the top of my head were a couple of things. Only the 707, DC-8 & CV-880/990 were in production then. And Boeing was accepting orders on the new 727-100 then as well. The one 'significent' date was Aug 24th, my b-day, when Qantas accepted delivery on VH-EBJ, a 707-138B named the 'City of Longreach'. It's the only 'birth' plane I can find for myself. Regards.

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2151 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4745 times:


Boeing introduced the 707-320 Intercontinental jetliner. (Fanjet power would come a few years later.)

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American Airlines starts 707 service from New York to Los Angeles for the first transcontinental jetliner route.

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The first VC-137 is delivered to the Air Force for presidential use.

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Nikita Khruschev makes historic trip to US aboard Tu-114

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A. Scott Crossfield became the first to pilot the fastest and highest flying aircraft in history, the rocket-powered X-15.

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Boeing started developing the Dyna Soar orbiting craft, a project that was cancelled in 1963.

Sad news:
Aircraft carrying rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson crashed in Mason City, Minn.

American Airlines Lockheed Electra L-188A, crashed at La Guardia, NY, killing 65
TWA Lockheed 1649A Starliner, crashed at Lombardia, Italy, killing 68

Aerolineas Nacionales Curtiss C-46 crashes in Nicaragua, killing 60

TAI DC-7C crashes in Bordeaux, France, killing 50

The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 681 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4708 times:

Orville Wright was born.

User currently onlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4697 times:

Orville Wright's first flight ! ( guess I am younger then Wannabe)

User currently offlineHodges From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 138 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4673 times:

April 29 1988, day I was born, an Aloha Airlines 737, I think, turned into a convertible midflight, but landed safely.



Beer, helping ugly people have sex since 1862.
User currently offlineMarcopolo747 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 460 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4666 times:

First commercial flight of the DC-6B said to be the most efficient propeller aircraft of all times. UA launched it to counter TW L749s.

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User currently offlineRareBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4660 times:


The dropping of the atomic bomb by the B-29 Enola Gay.

Illegitimus non carborundum
User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3125 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4646 times:

September 30, 1987:

August 16, 1987 Just 15 days before I was born, was the horrible NW MD-82 accident in Detroit in which the pilots failed to lower the flaps before t/o resulting in a lack of lift. It then crashed into a highway killing two motorists. There was only one survivor, a little girl shielded by her mother. God Bless their souls.


Marine Corps Aviation, The Last To Let You Down!
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4962 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4622 times:


1. Concorde begins commercial services, 21 January.

2. First non-stop flight, Tokyo to New York (Japan Airlines)

3. Distance record for civil aircraft set when a 747SP lands in Cape Town, 10,290 miles (South African Airways)

4. Salyut space station enters orbit

5. First pictures from the surface of Mars by Viking I

6. New world speed record for an air breathing craft set, SR71 Blackbird, 3,529 kph

7. First automated landing of an A300 in commercial service (Air Inter, Paris Orly)


Trent Big grin

I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineSpeedbudgie From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4619 times:

I was born in 1976 which I believe was the year that Concorde entered commercial service.

User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4608 times:

1983...Korean Air Lines 747 was shot down over Soviet airspace.

User currently offlineQF747 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4585 times:

Who could forget 1977, my birth year, when a KLM 747 collided with a taxiing Pan Am 747 at Tenerife. The worst accident in aviation history.

Always fly QF!
User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12976 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4556 times:

Born in 1986
Space Shuttle Challanger exploded just after take off.
TWA Boeing 727 was hijacked in Athens, 4 passengers were sucked out of the plane after a bomb exploded
Mexicana Airlines flight MX 940, a Boeing 727 crashed killing all 167 passengers
Aeroflot lost 5 planes, killing a total of 246/302 passengers. The planes that were lost were: Antonov AN-24
Tupolev TU-134A x3
Let 410

User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 981 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4506 times:

Hey there,
In my birth year 1977 was the tenerife Crash between KLM and Pan Am 747's.


Safety is Everyones Responsibility.
User currently offlineSantosdumont From Brazil, joined Dec 2003, 1201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4484 times:

Well, let's see...

According to skytamer.com, Pete Knight reached a speed of 4,534 mph in an X-15 on Oct.3, 1967 -- exactly two weeks before my birth.

In the way of accidents, there were a lot -- but I'll include two big ones. An Aeroflot IL-18 (CCCP 75538) crashed in Sverdlovk on November 16 (almost one month after my arrival) after a gyroscope failure knocked out the acft artificial horizon. 130 killed.

In April, a Globe Air Bristol Britannia 175 (HB-ITB) crashed as it tried a second landing at Nicosia, Cyprus. 126 people killed. Crew fatigue listed as cause.

"Pursuit Of Truth No Matter Where It Lies" -- Metallica
User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1709 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4470 times:

You are forgetting the other atomic bomb, which was dropped over Nagasaki by B-29 'Bockscar'.

Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
25 DeltaMD11 : My year of birth: 1987 Significant events: February 19: The French Air Force receives its first Dassault-Breguet Mirage 2000N plane. February 22: The
26 WindowSeat : Birthdate: January 8, 1978 January 1, 1978: Air India flight 855, B747-237 (reg: VT-EBD, "Emperor Ashoka") crashed into the Indian Ocean shortly afte
27 Post contains images Worldperks : Birth year 1943 The Messerschmitt 262e is ordered into production (according to rafmuseum.com). Note: Follows thread to the letter even though not rel
28 Bohica : 1963 John F. Kennedy's body was flown back to ADW on Air Force One just after he was assassinated, and Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president of
29 Foxecho : 1975 Bad year for JFK- 24 Jun- Eastern Air Lines flight 66 aircraft N8845E crashes on final approach to JFK, Windshear at the end of 22L 12 Nov (day I
30 EGFFbmi : Birthdate: 6th December 1988 Current Age: 15 15 days after my birth Pan Am flight 103 crashed over Lockerbie..killing 259 people on board and 11 on th
31 Bubbinski : Okay, the year I was born - 1970: 1. "Houston, we have a problem". 2. Pan Am starts commercial service on "the Queen of the Skies". Before the year en
32 Post contains images A330323X : 1984 Airline of the Year:
33 Tommy767 : 1987: A LOT OF STUFF! --Delta and Western MERGE! --American Opens up the Raleigh/Durham hub! --In May 1987, American begins non-stop service to tokyo!
34 ZK-NBT : 1982 First flight of the 747-300. Air New Zealand recieves last 2 of 5 747-200's. Not sure what else really.
35 Post contains images DeltaMD11 : Tommy, I forgot the DL/WA merge...thanks for bringing that up. Nice to see some other '87 vintage around
36 Post contains images ERJ : Most significant event for aviation in 1981? I was born. j/k 7/27/81 - Day I was born. Aeromexico DC-9-32 crashes in Chihuahua, Mexico 30 of 66 fatall
37 Copaair737 : 1988: Pan Am 747 Lockerbie Bombing/Crash biggest aviation tragedy of 1988, arguably of decade. -Copa
38 ACES320 : Year of birth 1976. Anything better than Concorde's commercial services start?
39 MD11LuxuryLinr : Well, looks like QF747 and I both share the same year of the worst accident in aviation history.. Tenerife.. Year of birth: 1977 03.27.1977 Pan Am Boe
40 Olympus69 : Mine's a real easy one! Born April 7, 1927. 6 weeks later Charles "Lucky" Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field, N.Y. and headed for Paris.
41 Areopagus : 1952 BOAC begins the world's first commercial jet service with the De Havilland Comet 1 TWA becomes the first airline to offer regular nonstop transco
42 Broke : On the day I was baptized, the Japanese Navy attacked US Military facilities on the island of Oahu at or near Pearl Harbor by air from 4 aircraft carr
43 KaiGywer : OK, here we go... 1982: January 8, Europe: The Airbus A300 is certified, becoming the first wide body airliner with cockpit accommodations for only tw
44 Njdevilsin03 : 1983....Eastern Airlines put the first 757-200 into service on January 1st of 2003.
45 Njdevilsin03 : whoops, i ment 1983 haha
46 Phaeton : Some additions to 1987: - 28.11 South African Airways B747 off Mauritius killing all 159 passengers - 29.11 Korean Airlines B707 in Andaman Sea killin
47 Dtwclipper : A SN Caravelle is shot down by a Soviet Mig A Caledonian Airways DC-7C crashes near Doala The CV990 makes its commercial Debut An Air France 707 crash
48 PanAm747 : Hmmm, I seem to be the only one in here born in 1966 that has responded so far... Ironically, today is the anniversary of what I consider the most sig
49 Post contains links Kilavoud : 1943 : http://planons.free.fr/histoire_aviation.htm 9 janvier 1943 : Premier vol en Californie du Lockheed Constellation, destiné au transport de pas
50 F86sabre : 1974. A big year for women. The following is from www.rafmuseum.org.uk 22 February Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Barbara Ann Allen becomes the first woman
51 Gr8slvrflt : 1958 ~ September - First scheduled transatlantic jet service by B.O.A.C with the Comet 4. October - First U.S. built jet airliner, Pan American Boeing
52 Prebennorholm : Between ten and fifteen thousand four engined bomber planes - mostly Boeing B-17 Fortress and Convair B-24 Liberator - were beercanned. For the first
53 KBOS : April 12, 1961: Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes the first human in space. He made one orbit of the planet. - May 5, 1961: Alan B. Shepard, Jr.become
54 Cvgbear : Neil Armstrong and some buddies of his walked on the moon.
55 AV757 : In 1954 the Boeing model 367-80, or Boeing 707 prototype was rolled out on May 14 and did its first flight on July 15 of this year powered by four 10,
56 ArmitageShanks : 1985: One of The Viking Landers stopped transmitting to Earth from the surface of Mars.
57 Sprxflyswa : Another 1970 here. Since most has been covered,I'll put list of timetables I have that were current on my birth day (like anyone cares): SAS TWA Key A
58 RA-85154 : My year: 1979 For me this year is dominated by the DC-10 World Aviation in 1979: 6 January The first General Dynamics F16A fighter is handed over to t
59 COAB767 : My year of birth is 1982. I believe the 767 rolled out not sure what month though Birthday is 3/3/82
60 Post contains images TriStar500 : 1975...not much going on that year...except for my birth of course. Commercial Aviation 26 December The Soviet Tupolev Tu144 supersonic airliner enter
61 Galeaocumbica : Guys, Can anyone help me? I was too young by 1968, so I am unable to remember what happened that year. Any wonderful soul to give me the answers? Many
62 AM772 : Year of birth: 1987 Significant Commericial Aviation Event: The first flight of the Airbus A320-100 Cheers AM772
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