Bryan R. Swopes

History Hour: Malabar Princess crash that inspired The Mountain

On November 3, 1950, Air India Flight 245 crashed on the west side of Mont Blanc, killing all 48 people on board. ...


History Hour Horror: Tragic life of Laika, the first dog in space

On November 3 1957, Laika, a 3-year-old female dog, died in Earth orbit, confined in a small capsule named Sputnik 2. The cause of her death has been variously reported as euthanasia or oxygen starvation, but recent reports state that she died from overheating when the satellite’s cooling system failed....


History Hour: Strike Eagle makes maiden flight

On July 8, 1980, the prototype McDonnell Douglas F-15 Strike Eagle, a fighter-bomber variant converted from the second two-seat F-15B Eagle trainer, F-15B-4-MC 71-0291, made its first flight. Originally designated TF-15A, -0291 first flew nearly seven years earlier, 18 October 1973....


History Hour: Queen of the skies enters service

On January 22, 1970, Captain Robert M. Weeks and crew flew the Pan American World Airways  Boeing 747-121, N736PA,  Clipper Young America, New York to London on a 6 hour, 43-minute inaugural passenger-carrying flight of the new wide-body jet. Aboard were a crew of 20 and 335 passengers....


History Hour: The flight from Pole to Pole

On November 14, 1965 Captains Fred Lester Austin, Jr., and Harrison Finch, two retired Trans World Airlines pilots, took off from Honolulu on a 26,230-mile (42,213 kilometer), 57 hour, 27 minute flight around the world—from Pole to Pole!...