History Hour

Sully, Jerrie & the incredible crew of United Flight 232: from pilots to heroes

As the aviation industry is preparing to celebrate International Pilots' Day, we take a look back at some outstanding pilots whose heroism has changed history....


TBT: First submarine to be sunk by an aircraft

On September 15, 1916, the French submarine Foucault was sunk by two Austrian seaplanes, becoming the first submarine in history to be sunk by an aircraft....


Defining urban travel in 1950s: the story of New York Airways

New York Airways provided a dream service – avoiding traffic and traveling through New York much faster while paying for the service as much as for a taxi. Read more:...


British Airways resurrects more historic aircraft liveries

British Airways is celebrating centenary with a series of heritage liveries. Since February 2019, BA is rolling out aircraft painted in distinct designs of airlines no longer in existence, but firmly in its own DNA. Take a look.  ...


History Hour: 1st flight of German aviation pioneer

German Air Shipping Company is often accounted as the first civil air company in the world. Having flown for the first time 100 years ago, the DLR is long gone, but you can still find clues of the airline when boarding modern aircraft....


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. ...


We finally know what happened to Amelia Earhart

One of the most captivating mysteries in aviation history – the disappearance of Amelia Earhart – recently had a major breakthrough. A new study published by Professor Richard Jantz in a Forensic Anthropology Journal claims that bones found on a deserted Nikumaroro island in 1940s may have been Earhart’s, suggesting that she died as a castaway along with her navigator Fred Noonan....


History hour: the 1st female pilot takes to the skies

March 8, 2018, marks a very special day for women in aviation – exactly 108 years ago Raymonde de Laroche got her pilot’s license, becoming the first female pilot in the world.  ...


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!...