January 1, 1978: An Air India 747 explodes over Bombay killing all 213 on board.
January 3, 1981: Pan Am retires the Boeing 707 from its fleet.
January 4, 2001: Continental Airlines places an order for 15 Boeing 757-300's.
January 7, 1980: Pan Am takes over National Airlines giving Pam Am internal U.S. routes it so long desired. The financial troubles that will lead to Pan Am’s demise began here.
January 8, 1982: The Airbus A300 becomes the first wide-body to be certified to fly with a crew of two.
January 9, 1962: The Hawker Siddeley Trident makes its first flight. The aircraft closely resembles the Boeing 727.
January 10, 2001: Trans World Airlines files for its third chapter 11 bankruptcy in less than 10 years. As part of the deal, Trans World Airlines’s assets are to be acquired by American Airlines.
January 11, 1990: McDonnell Douglas announces its newest aircraft, the MD-11. It is designed as a successor to the DC-10.
January 13, 1967: The Douglas Aircraft Company and the McDonnell Company merge to create the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
January 18, 1996: At least 225 people at a crowed market in Kinshasa, Zaire were killed when an African Air AN-32B cargo plane crashes in to market after takeoff.
January 20, 1992: An Air Inter Airbus A320-111 crashes into a mountain near Strasbourg, France. A design flaw in the computer mode selection system causes the crew to choose the wrong rate of descent.
January 21, 1970: Pan Am puts the Boeing 747 on its route from New York to London. This marks the first passenger flight of the “Jumbo Jet”.
January 22, 1952: The British de Havilland Comet 1 receives the first Certificate of Airworthiness to go to a jetliner.
January 25, 1930: American Airways is founded. Later, American Airways will grow into the 2nd largest U.S. carrier, American Airlines and later into the world’s largest following its acquisition of bankrupt Trans World Airlines on April 9, 2001.
January 27, 1959: The Convair 880 prototype makes its first flight.
January 30, 1929: Inter-Island Airways Ltd. Is founded in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will later be renamed Hawaiian Airlines.
January 31, 1989: Northwest Airlines puts the Boeing 747-400 into service on its route from Minneapolis to Phoenix.
February 2, 1963: The Boeing 727 makes its first flight.
February 3, 1983: Boeing announces that it is winding up production of the 727.
February 4, 1968: Lufthansa received its first Boeing 737-100.
February 6, 1996: A chartered Boeing 757-225 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean just after takeoff from the Dominican Republic. A faulty air speed indicator told the crew that they were flying too fast and they continued to slow down until they stalled the aircraft. All 189 passengers and crew were killed in the crash.
February 9, 1969: The prototype Boeing 747 makes its first flight.
February 11, 1964: The Boeing 727 enters service with Eastern and United.
February 12, 1974: The last operational Comet 4B makes its final flight.
February 14, 1980: Japan Air Lines puts the Boeing 747SR into service. The aircraft can carry up to 550 passengers.
February 15, 1961: A Sabena 707 crashes in Brussels killing 73.
February 16, 1998: A China Airlines Boeing A300-622R crashes into a residential area killing all 196 people onboard and 7 on the ground.
February 18, 1970: KLM, Swissair, SAS, and UTA place a large order for the McDonnell Douglas DC-10.
February 19, 1965: The Boeing Company announces its short range aircraft, the 737.
February 21, 1973: Israeli surface-to-air missiles shoot down a Lybia Arab Airlines’ 727-224 after it strayed into Israeli airspace. Only 3 out of the 133 onboard survive.
February 22, 1987: The Airbus A320 makes its first flight. This is the first subsonic passenger airliner to use full time digital fly-by-wire control systems.
February 23, 2001: The last McDonnell Douglas MD-11 is delivered to Lufthansa Cargo. This marks the end of 30 years of McDonnell Douglas trijet production at Long Beach.
February 24, 1984: The Boeing 737-300 makes its first flight.
February 25, 1965: The Douglas DC-9 makes its first flight.
February 27, 1997: USAir officially becomes USAirways.
February 29, 2000: Boeing launches its two new longer range aircraft, the 777-200LR and the
March 2, 1969: The Concorde makes its first flight.
March 3, 1974: A Turkish Airlines DC-10-10 crashes after takeoff from Paris’ Orly airport. All 346 passengers and crew are killed. A faulty cargo door design is determined to be the cause.
March 9, 1962: Swissair introduces the Convair 990 on its route to Tokyo.
March 11, 1964: British European Airways, BEA, introduces the Hawker Siddeley Trident on its route between London and Copenhagen.
March 14, 1966: The Douglas DC-8-61, a stretched DC-8, makes its first flight.
March 16, 1960: KLM introduces the Douglas DC-8 on its service to New York.
March 17, 1954: BOAC places an order for 19 de Havilland Comet 4's
March 23, 2001: Airbus Industries officially rolls out the worlds longest airliner, the A340-600.
March 27, 1977: In the world’s worst air disaster, two Boeing 747's collide on the Canary Island of Tenerife. 575 passengers and crew die onboard the Pan Am and KLM aircraft.
March 29, 2001: Boeing announces it is developing the “Sonic Cruiser”, an airliner capable of cruising at Mach .95.
March 30, 1958: The prototype Douglas DC-8 makes its first flight.
March 31, 1986: A faulty tire explodes in the wheel well of a Mexicana 727-264. The debris from the tire severs the aircraft’s hydraulic lines causing the pilots to loose all control of the aircraft. All 167 people onboard the aircraft are killed.
April 1, 1974: British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways ceased to exist today. The two carriers have been merged to create the giant British Airways.
April 3, 1982: The Airbus A310 makes its first flight.
April 6, 1926: Walter T. Varney launches his airmail service. His company will later grow into the massive United Airlines.
April 8, 1963: Douglas Aircraft announces its plans to build the short-range DC-9.
April 9, 2001: American Airlines completes its takeover of bankrupt Trans World Airlines, ending 75 years of TWA operations.
April 12, 1954: Following two crashes in three months, the Certificate of Airworthiness for the Comet 1 is withdrawn.
April 13, 1966: Pan American World Airways places an order for 25 Boeing 747's.
April 17, 1971: Federal Express is founded in Memphis, Tennessee by Fred Smith.
April 19, 2000: An Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 crashes while landing Davao, Philippines killing all 131 aboard.
April 22, 1998: Trans World Airlines orders 24 Boeing MD-83's and saves the production line for another year.
April 25, 1980: A Danair 727-64 crashes while in a holding pattern over the Canary Island of Tenerife. All 146 persons onboard are killed when the pilot flew outside of safe airspace and into an area of high terrain.
April 26, 1972: The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar enters service with Eastern Airlines on the Miami to New York route.
April 27, 1958: The prototype de Havilland Comet 4 makes its first flight.
April 28, 1988: An Aloha Airlines 737-297 suffers an explosive decompression after metal fatigue causes one-third of the aircraft roof to tear away. Despite the damage to the aircraft, the pilots are able to land the aircraft in Kahului, Maui. The only casualty is a flight attendant who is sucked from the aircraft during the decompression.
April 29, 1988: The Boeing 747-400, the worlds largest jetliner, makes its first flight.
May 2, 1953: Forty-three passengers and crew onboard a BOAC Comet 1 are killed when the aircraft crashes 25 miles west of Calcutta, India.
May 3, 1952: British Overseas Airways Corporation, BOAC, begins service with the Comet 1 jetliner on a route between London and Johannesburg marking the type’s first commercial flight.
May 7, 1968: Juan T. Trippe retires as head of Pan American World Airways after 41 years.
May 11, 1996: ValuJet flight 592 crashes into the Everglades after a fire breaks out in the cargo hold. Illegally loaded oxygen canisters are blamed for the fire and crash that killed all 110 people onboard.
May 12, 1984: Air France puts the Airbus A310 into service on its route between Paris and Milan.
May 13, 1982: Braniff International Airlines creased operations due to heavy financial losses.
May 17, 1950: Transcontinental & Western Airlines, TWA, changes its name to Trans World Airlines.
May 18, 1971: The U.S. supersonic airliner project is scrapped.
May 19, 1959: BOAC first Boeing 707-436 makes its first flight.
May 21, 1998: Cathay Pacific Airways takes delivery of the first Boeing 777-300.
May 22, 1962: A bomb placed in the cargo hold of a Continental Airlines 707-124 exploded while the aircraft was flying at 39,000 feet. The aircraft disintegrated in midair killing all 45 onboard in the first known bombing of a commercial jetliner.
May 23, 1974: Air France puts the Airbus A300B2 into service.
May 24, 1982: British Airways retires the Boeing 707 from service.
May 25, 1979: In the worst U.S. air disaster, all 271 people are killed when an American Airlines DC-10-10 crashes at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The left engine separated from the aircraft causing the slats to retract and the aircraft to stall. Two people on the ground were also killed.
May 26, 1991: A Lauda Air Boeing 767-300ER crashes into the jungle of Thailand killing all 223 on board. A thrust reverser deployed in flight causing the aircraft to stall and fall out of the sky.
May 27, 1960: BOAC opens its first 707 service between London and New York.
May 28, 1969: The British government withdraws from the Airbus program.
May 31, 1998: The first Boeing 757-300 is rolled out. The 757-300 is 24.33 feet longer than the 757-200 and is able to carry up to 289 passengers.
June 1, 1999: An American Airlines MD-82 crashes while attempting to land in Little Rock, Arkansas killing 12 of the 143 people on board.
June 4, 1963: Pan American World Airways takes out options on six supersonic Concordes.
June 5,: President John F. Kennedy announces support for a U.S. Supersonic Transport.
June 7, 1955: Douglas Aircraft announces it plans to build its first passenger jet, the DC-8.
June 10, 1998: The Boeing 717-200, formally the McDonnell Douglas MD-95, is rolled out at Long Beach.
June 13, 1979: The DC-10 is allowed to fly again following the American Airlines crash in Chicago.
June 15, 1955: The prototype of the Tupolev Tu-104 jet airliner makes it first flight.
June 18, 1971: Southwest Airlines launches its first service from Dallas’ Love Field.
June 21, 1972: The McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 makes its first flight. The DC-10-30 is the intercontinental version of the DC-10 series.
June 22, 1984: A new trans-Atlantic carrier, Virgin Atlantic, begins service between London and New York with a single Boeing 747-100.
June 23, 1985: An Air India 747-237B crashes off the coast of Ireland. A bomb in the forward cargo hold was responsible for the crash. All 329 passengers and crew were killed.
June 24, 1975: An Eastern Airlines 727-225 crashes on approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Wind shear from a microburst caused the aircraft to clip the runway approach lights. 115 out of 124 persons onboard are killed.
June 26, 1995: Boeing announces plans for the Boeing 777-300, the worlds longest airliner at the time.
June 27, 1976: Israeli special forces storm the airport at Entebbe, Uganda and free the remaining hostages from a hijacked Air France Airbus A300B2. All the hijackers are killed in the attack as are seven hostages and one Israeli solider.
June 29, 1962: The Vickers VC-10 makes its first flight.
June 30, 1994: An Airbus Industrie A330-321 crashes while on a test flight. All 7 crew are killed in the crash which is blamed on a problem with the autopilot and on crew error.
July 1, 1937: Varney Speed Lines changes its name to Continental Airlines.
July 3, 1988: The United States Ticonderoga class Aegis guided-missile cruiser U.S.S. Vincennes shoots down an Iran Air A300B2. All 290 people on board are killed.
July 4, 1975: Boeing rolls out the Boeing 747SP. This aircraft is 48.33 feet shorter then a regular 747.
July 5, 1960: United Airlines puts the Boeing 720 into service between Chicago and Los Angles via Denver.
July 8, 1983: The Airbus A300-600 makes its first flight.
July 9, 1982: A Pan Am 727 crashes on takeoff from New Orleans. All 137 passenger and crew are killed in the crash which is blamed on wind shear.
July 14, 1978: United Airlines places an order for 30 Boeing 767's.
July 15, 1954: The Boeing Company unveils its model 367-80. This aircraft will serve as the prototype for both the Boeing 707 passenger aircraft and the U.S. Air Force’s KC-135 tanker.
July 17, 1996: Trans World Airlines Flight 800 explodes and crashes off the coast of New York. All 230 passengers and crew onboard are killed. The cause of the crash fuels speculation of government conspiracies and coverups since some believe the U.S. Navy shot down the aircraft. However faulty wiring is determined to be the probable cause.
July 19, 1989: A United Airlines DC-10 crashes at Sioux City, Iowa after the center engine explodes. The shrapnel destroys all hydraulic systems on the aircraft. 111 are killed in the emergency landing but 185 survive the crash.
July 23, 2000: Boeing rolls out the latest model of the 737, the 737-900.
July 25, 2000: A chartered Air France Concorde crashes on take off from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport killing all 109 people onboard and 4 on the ground. It is the first crash of the supersonic Concorde which had flown safely for over 20 years and only 16 were ever built.
July 27, 1949: The worlds first jet powered passenger transport, the British de Havilland Comet, is rolled out at Hertfordshire, England.
July 29, 1959: Qantas introduces the Boeing 707-138 on its route from Sydney to San Francisco.
July 30, 1971: An All Nippon Airlines 727-281 crashes after colliding with a JSDF F86 Sabre fighter. All 163 people onboard the 727 are killed but the pilot of the F86 is able to eject. He is tried for homicide and found not guilty.
July 31, 1997: Boeing completes its takeover of McDonnell Douglas.
August 1, 1991: American Airlines takes delivery of its first of 75 Fokker 100's.
August 2, 1985: Delta Airlines flight 191, a L-1011-385-1 TriStar, crashes on landing at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. 133 passenger and crew are killed along with one person on the ground. Wind shear is concluded to be the cause.
August 3, 1981: United States air traffic controllers strike causing the cancellation of over one-half of U.S. flights. President Ronald Reagan will fire them two days later.
August 5, 1971: American Airlines puts the DC-10-10 into service on its L.A. to Chicago route.
August 6, 1997: A Korean Airlines 747-300 crashes on approach to Guam. 228 of the 245 people onboard the aircraft are killed.
August 8, 1967: The Boeing 737-200, 6 feet longer then the 737-100, makes its first flight.
August 11, 1952: BOAC puts the Comet 1 jetliner on a route between London and Colombo, Ceylon.
August 12, 1991: Delta Airlines purchases Pan Am’s European Routes, northeastern shuttle service, and aircraft.
August 13, 1985: 520 passengers are killed when a Japan Airlines 747SR crashes after losing all hydraulic control. This is the worst air disaster involving a single aircraft.
August 14, 1984: The last Boeing 727, a 727-200F for Federal Express, is rolled out at Renton.
August 16, 2000: Following the July 25th crash of an Air France Concorde, Great Britain and France withdraw the Concorde’s Certificate of Airworthiness.
August 18, 1987: A Northwest Airlines MD-82 crashes on takeoff from Detroit Metro Airport. The pilots did not extend the flaps or slats in preparation for takeoff. A 4-year old girl is the only survivor of the 155 people onboard.
August 19, 1980: All 301 passengers and crew are killed aboard a Saudi Arabian Airways
L-1011-200 TriStar after a fire broke out in the cargo hold.
August 20, 1963: BAC’s, British Aircraft Corporation, BAC-111 makes its first flight.
August 23, 2000: A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes on approach to Bahrain killing all 143 passengers and crew onboard.
August 29, 1970: The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 makes its first flight.
August 31, 1978: The British government returns to the Airbus program.
September 1, 1966: Boeing announces that production of the 707 is to end.
September 2, 1983: The Soviet Union shoots down Korean Airlines Flight 007, a Boeing 747 with 269 people on board. There are no survivors.
September 3, 1970: Air France places an order for six Airbus A300's.
September 8, 1982: United Airlines puts the Boeing 767-200 in service.
September 9, 1998: United Parcel Service places an order for 30 Airbus A300-600F’s plus 30 options.
September 12, 1970: Four airliners are blown up by hijackers after the passengers had been freed. Destroyed are a Trans World Airlines 707, Swissair DC-8, BOAC VC-10, and a Pan Am 747.
September 13, 1984: Pan Am places an order for 12 A300B4's, 4 A310-200's, 12 A310-300's and 15 A320's.
September 15, 1956: Aeroflot puts the Tu-104 into service.
September 18, 1998: Boeing delivers the first 737-600 to Scandinavian Airlines System, (SAS).
September 20, 1989: A UTA DC-10 is blasted out of the sky by a terrorist bomb. All 117 people on board are killed.
September 22, 1972: The Boeing 727 passes the 1000th sales mark with an order for 14 from Delta Airlines.
September 23, 1999: The newest Boeing jetliner, the 717-200, is delivered to launch customer AirTran Airways.
September 24, 1946: Cathay Pacific Airways is founded in Hong Kong.
September 25, 1978: A Pacific Southwest Airlines 727-200 collides with a Cessna over San Diego. 144 people die in the crash including 136 passengers and crew on the 727, 2 on the Cessna, and 6 on the ground.
September 26, 1967: West Germany and Britain sign a memorandum of understanding, MoU, to develop the A300, a 300 seat wide-body jetliner.
September 30, 1968: Boeing rolls out the prototype Boeing 747.
October 1, 1969: The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight.
October 2, 1996: An Aeroperu Boeing 757-200 crashes after a night takeoff from Pasamayo, Peru. Duct tape placed over the aircraft’s external sensors during maintenance prevented the crew from have any information about the aircraft’s speed and altitude.
October 4, 1958: BOAC flies the Comet 4 on its route from London to New York. This is the first jet passenger flight over the Atlantic.
October 9, 1999: The Boeing 767-400ER makes it first flight.
October 12, 1988: Donald Trump buys the Eastern Airlines Shuttle for $365 million. The deal includes 17 Boeing 727's.
October 13, 1955: Pan American World Airways announces orders for 20 Boeing 707's and 25 Douglas DC-8's.
October 14, 1952: BOAC puts the Comet 1 on its route between London and Singapore.
October 15, 1939: New York City Municipal Airport opens. It will be renamed LaGuardia Airport in 1947.
October 16, 1955: The Boeing 367-80 makes its first flight.
October 18, 1979: The McDonnell Douglas DC-9-80 makes its first flight. This aircraft will later be renamed the MD-80.
October 19, 1954: Metal fatigue is blamed for the crash of the BOAC Comet 1, Yoke Peter.
October 23, 1990: United Airlines purchases Pan Am’s routes to London Heathrow.
October 24, 1978: The U.S. airline market is deregulated.
October 25, 1989: The Airbus A340-300 makes its first flight.
October 26, 1972: United Airlines decides not to take up options on six Concordes.
October 27, 1958: Pan American World Airways flies the Boeing 707-120 on its route from New York to Paris.
October 28, 1972: The Airbus A300B1 makes its first flight.
October 31, 1994: An American Eagle ATR-72-212 crashes in Roselawn, Indiana. Buildup of ice on the wings causes the aircraft to suffer un-commanded aileron deflection causing the aircraft to roll into a nearly vertical position. A design flaw in the anti-icing equipment on the ATR is found to be responsible.
November 3, 1998: The 50th Boeing 747-400 for British Airways is delivered.
November 10, 1998: Despite the belief that BA meant “Boeing Always”, British Airways today placed an order for as many as 188 of the Airbus A320 series.
November 12, 1996: A Saudi Arabian Airways 747-168 and Kazastan Airlines IL-76D collide near New Delhi, India. All 349 passengers and crew onboard both aircraft are killed in the world’s deadest midair collision.
November 14, 1970: A Southern Airways DC-9-32 crashes on approach to Huntington, W.V. All 75 passengers and crew are killed including the Marshall University football team.
November 16, 1970: The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar makes its first flight.
November 18, 1977: Eastern Airlines puts the Airbus A300B2 on its service from Newark to Miami. This marks the first Airbus aircraft to fly for a U.S. airline.
November 20, 1974: A Lufthansa 747-130 crashes on takeoff from Nairobi. 59 passengers and crew are killed, 97 survive. This is the first crash of the jumbo jet.
November 22, 1977: The Concorde is finally allowed to land in New York.
November 23, 1996: An Ethiopian Airlines 767-200ER crashes after being hijacked. The hijackers ordered the crew to fly to Australia but the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed off the coast of the Comoros Islands, Madagascar killing 127 of the 172 people onboard.
November 24, 1971: A man later known as D.B. Copper hijacks a Northwest 727 en route to Seattle. After freeing the passengers in exchange for $200,000 and four parachutes, Copper has the aircraft fly to Mexico. He then bails out of the tail door and is never seen again.
November 27, 1962: Boeing rolls out the prototype of the Boeing 727.
November 28, 1979: An Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt. Erebus Antarctica while on a sight seeing tour. All 257 passengers and crew onboard are killed.
November 29, 1962: Britain and France agree to build a Supersonic transport.
November 30, 1971: The Boeing 747-200 Freighter makes its first flight.
December 3, 1972: A Spantax Convair 990 crashes on the Canary Island of Tenerife, killing 155.
December 4, 1991: A Pan American World Airways Boeing 727-200 lands at Miami International Airport to end 64 years of Pan Am operations.
December 5, 1960: Boeing announces it has orders from Eastern Airlines and United Airlines for its new medium range 727.
December 7, 1981: Lockheed announces the L-1011 TriStar is to be phased out of production.
December 8, 1965: Delta Airlines puts the Douglas DC-9 into service.
December 9, 1998: Trans World Airlines places an order for 50 Boeing 717-200's, 50 Airbus A318's, and 25 aircraft of the Airbus A320 series. Following the 2001 takeover of TWA by American Airlines, the orders are cancelled.
December 11, 1967: The first British Aerospace/Aerospatiale Concorde is rolled out.
December 12, 1985: A chartered Arrow Air DC-8-63, carrying members of the U.S. 101 Airborne, crashes takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland killing 250.
December 15, 1996: Boeing announces that it plans to acquire McDonnell Douglas.
December 16, 1960: A United Airlines DC-8 collides with a Trans World Airlines Super Constellation over New York City. All 132 passengers on both aircraft are killed.
December 17, 1997: Southwest Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-700.
December 18, 1970: Airbus Industrie is formally established. It is made up of Aerospatiale, Deutsche Airbus, Fokker, and Hawker Siddeley.
December 19, 2000: The Airbus A3XX is officially launched. Renamed the A380, it has gained 50 orders from Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Air France, Emirates, and International Lease Finance Corporation.
December 20, 1995: An American Airlines Boeing 757-200 crashes into a mountainside near Cali, Columbia killing 160 of the 164 people onboard. Pilot error, lack of Air Traffic Control radar, and language difficulty are blamed for the accident.
December 21, 1988: A terrorist bomb explodes on board Pan Am Flight 103 en route from London to New York. The wreckage of the Boeing 747-121 “Maiden of the Seas” falls into the town of Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 people on board the 747 die along with 11 people on the ground.
December 22, 1976: The Ilyushin Il-86 wide-body jet makes its first flight.
December 23, 1963: New York International Airport is renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport.
December 25, 1986: After hijackers set off a hand grenade in the cockpit of an Iraqi Airways 737, the pilot is able to crash land the aircraft despite being severely wounded. 43 of the 106 people onboard the aircraft manage to survive.
December 26, 1974: The Airbus A300B4 makes its first flight.
December 29, 1972: Eastern Airlines flight 401 crashes into the Florida Everglades killing 100 of the 176 people onboard the Lockheed L-1011-1 TriStar.
December 31, 1966: Boeing is awarded a U.S. government contract to develop the U.S. Supersonic Transport.
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