On This Day In Aviation History

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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 5:55 am

On this day in 2002 (20 years ago) the Airbus A318 flew for the first time.

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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 6:48 pm

On this date in 1973 the last B-52 mission of the Vietnam War was flown.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 6:49 pm

On this date in 1943 the Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose flew for the first time.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:27 am

On this date in 1999 the first Super Hornet squadron, VFA-122 Flying Eagles, was established at NAS Lemoore in California.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:40 pm

On this date in 1991 seven 596th Bomb Squadron (2nd Bomb Wing) B-52Gs departed Barksdale AFB for a 35 hour and 24 minute long, 14,000 mile non-stop mission to bomb targets in Iraq dubbed Operation Secret Surprise (AKA Operation Secret Squirrel). The mission set a new world record for longest bombing mission and was the first time a GPS guided missile had been used in combat.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:46 pm

On this date in 1910 the US Navy's highest-scoring ace, David McCampbell, was born in Bessemer AL. McCampbell scored 34 aerial victories, commanded the Fabled Fifteen air group aboard the carrier Essex, was a Medal of Honor recipient, and rose to the rank of Captain before retiring after 31 years in the Navy.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Jan 17, 2022 5:08 am

On this day in 1970 the Sukhoi Su-24 (NATO reporting name: Fencer) flew for the first time.

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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:24 pm

On this date in 1991 the crew of an unarmed EF-111A Raven, Captains James A. Denton and Brent D. Brandon, scored a kill against an Iraqi Dassault Mirage F1EQ by maneuvering the attacking jet into the ground. This was the one and only kill for the Aardvark.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:28 pm

On this date in 1994 the Airbus A330 went into service with Air Inter.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Jan 17, 2022 11:34 pm

On this date in 1963 Captain Joe Walker flew the North American X-15A to an altitude of 271,000 feet. Having flown higher than 50 miles, he qualified for astronaut wings.
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