AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

12 February 1914

The second prototype of ´Ilya Muromets´ performed a demonstration flight with 16 passengers, setting a new world record for number of passengers carried. Although Igor Sikorsky is usually associated with helicopter industry and known as […]

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5 February 1960

Maiden flight of PZL TS-11 ´Iskra´, a Polish jet trainer aircraft. The idea of creating a jet-powered trainer for the Polish Air Force was born in the middle of 1950s, upon the introduction of jet […]

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29 January 2010

Maiden flight of Sukhoi PAK FA prototype, the aircraft also known as Sukhoi T-50 (company designation) and then as Su-57 (NATO reporting name: Felon, although unconfirmed). The roots of a Russian new generation fighter programme […]

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22 January 1970

Boeing 747 enters the regular service, performing its first scheduled passenger flight with Pan Am airline, on the New York – London route. Yes, it really has been more than a half of the century […]

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15 January 1937

Maiden flight of Beechcraft Model 18, commonly known as ´Twin Beech´ – a six to eleven seat, twin-engine light aircraft, developed by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. In the late 1930s, after being […]

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8 January 1948

Maiden flight of ´aircraft 174´, the jet aeroplane being a base for an early Soviet fighter, Lavochkin La-15 (Ла-15, NATO reporting name: Fantail) Lavochkin construction bureau, also known as OKB-301, is usually being associated with […]

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25 December 1979

The first Soviet troops landed in Kabul and Bagram – the Soviet-Afghan War officially began. When, in April of 1978, the Saur Revolution (also known as April Revolution or April Coup) ended the rule of […]

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18 December 1934

The famous Stearman Model 75 begins its military career. The Stearman Model 75, also known as just Stearman, Boeing Stearman or Kaydet, is definitely an aeroplane that does not need to be especially introduced to […]

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11 December 2009

Maiden flight of Airbus A400M Atlas Someday in the early 1980s, an idea of European transport aeroplane was born. At that time, Transall C-160 and Lockheed C-130 Hercules were the backbone of military airlifting in […]

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4 December 1938

Miles M.18 aeroplane performed its maiden flight The Miles M.18 was a British light civil utility aircraft designed in late 1930s by Walter G. Capley. This single-engine, twin-seat, low-winged and fixed undercarriage aeroplane was built […]