History

35 years since Japan Airlines Flight 123 crash

August 12, 2020, marks the tragic 35 year anniversary of Japan Airlines Flight 123 crash, the deadliest single-aircraft accident in aviation history, in which 520 people lost their lives. ...


Retrospective: The beginning of the end of Airbus A340

Airbus was competing with Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed’s TriStar only in short and mid-hauls until 1993....


El Al – The Pride Of Israel In The Sky

El Al – The Pride Of Israel In The Sky One of the most controversial airlines in the sky, El Al has managed to survive a lot during its history. If we take a look at any other airline in the world, no other airline had to go through that much. And if they did, the airline‘s history has a dot that closes down the whole story. But El Al has persisted and managed to not only survive but thrive in the modern world. It is also regarded as one of the s...


Top 5 Airlines That Are Bankrupt

While aviation is lucky for some, for others it went south and it all ended in bankruptcy. These are the top 5 biggest airlines that are no longer with us....


The Arrival and Departure of Concorde. Part 2

With everything set in stone, it seemed like the first ever Super Sonic Transport aircraft was ready for take-off in a few years down the line. The engineers set the deadline – the long-range Concorde was going to make its maiden voyage in 1970....


History Hour: Lockheed F-104 Starfighter crash kills a legend

On July 26, 1958, US Air Force test pilot Capt. Iven Kincheloe, Jr., was killed on impact when his Lockheed F-104A Starfighter crashed near Edwards Base....


Aviation ground support equipment: brief history

Aviation has a rich and intriguing past which stretches back to the early 18th century. A series of technological breakthroughs has helped shape the way people manoeuvre aircraft and ground support equipment today. Here is a detailed guide of prominent dates throughout the last 300-years which highlights important historical events.  ...


History Hour: 1st non-stop transcontinental flight on Fokker T-2

On May 2-3, 1923, U.S. Army Air Service pilots Lieutenants John A. Macready and Oakley G. Kelly made first non-stop transcontinental flight with Fokker T-2....


History Hour: Record-setting round-the-world flight on B747SP-21

On May 1–3, 1976, Pan American World Airways’ Boeing 747SP-21 departed John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), on a record-setting flight around the world....


History Hour: U.S. Air Force receives F-101A supersonic fighter

On May 2, 1957, the U.S. Air Force accepted the first production McDonnell F-101A Voodoo supersonic fighter....