AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

3 July 1933

The first flight of Tupolev ANT-16 The Tupolev ANT-16, also known as TB-4 by its military designation, was a prototype of heavy bomber developer from Tupolev´s earlier bomber design, TB-3. The ANT-16 was built in […]

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19 June 1952

The maiden flight of Yakovlev Yak-25 (NATO reporting name Flashlight), turbojet interceptor aircraft. Yak-25 (initially developed as Yak-120) was answering the requirements for a long-range, high-altitude interceptor fighter, to be used in the northern and […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

5 June 1969

A prototype of Tupolev Tu-144 passenger jet went supersonic for the first time, becoming the first passenger jet to break the sound barrier. Tupolev´s jet did this a four months before its only competitor – […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

1 May 1960

´U-2 incident´ Francis Gary Powers, flying the U-2 spy-aircraft, was shot down near Sverdlovsk. If you want to learn more about the incident and its background, we recommend to check one of our ´Photo of […]

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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

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 […]