AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

31 January 1970

Mikhail Leontyevich Mil (Михаил Леонтьевич Миль) died from stroke, at the age of 60. Mikhail Mil was one of the aviation pioneers and one of the greatest aviation designers. Despite the fact that his first […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

24 January 1961

Goldsboro incident. On 23rd January 1961, a USAF B-52G Stratofortress took-off from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina, for a routine flight around the East Coast – and carrying two Mark 39 […]

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17 January 1966

Palomares incident. 54 years ago, a Boeing B-52G Stratofortress, carrying four B28 nuclear bombs, took-off from Seymour Johnson air base in North Carolina for the scheduled flight to the Soviet Union border and back, being […]

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21 December 1988

Maiden flight of Antonov An-225 Mriya. Initially developed for the purposes of Soviet space programme ´Buran´ and intended to transport the Buran space-shuttle, Mriya is today the heaviest aircraft ever built, with the maximum take-off […]

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17 December 1903

An aeroplane was born. On 17th December 1903, near Kill Devil Hills in the vicinity of Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, for the first time in history a powered aircraft heavier than air, successfully took […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

4 October 1957

The mankind has launched the Earth’s first artificial satellite into space. Sputnik 1 – as that was the name of the satellite, was launched by Soviet Union on 4th October 1957, at 19:28 UTC from […]