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December 27, On this Day in Aviation History

December 27, On this Day in Aviation History

1992 – U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons shoot down an Iraqi Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 over the country’s southern no-fly zone.

1968 – Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to enter the Moon’s orbit, splashes down into the Pacific carrying its crew of three: Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders.

1949 – TWA and American Airlines launch the first coast-to-coast flights on Douglas DC-4s carrying 60 passengers. The cost for a ticket was $110 each way.

1922 – The Japanese ship Hosho is commissioned, becoming the first ship built with the original intention to be an aircraft carrier.

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