On this Day in Aviation History – December 21

On this Day in Aviation History – December 21

1988: Pan American World Airways (Pan-Am) Boeing 747 ‘Maid of the Seas’ is destroyed in mid-air by a terrorist bomb over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground are killed.


1982: The last V-bomber squadron of Britain’s RAF 44 is disbanded at Waddington, Lincolnshire.



1979: The NASA AD-1 oblique-wing concept demonstrator makes its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base. The plane successfully demonstrated a wing that could pivot obliquely from zero to 60 degrees in flight.


1965 – New York Airways begins helicopter flights between the roof of the Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan and JFK Airport.



1960: The first major combat aircraft with variable geometry wings, the General Dynamics F-111, makes its first flight.


1944 : General Henry H. Arnold becomes General of the Army. He was the first American air officer to hold this five star rank


1915: Claudius Dornier attempts to flight test the giant German Zeppelin-Lindau RsI hydroplane on Lake Constance in Germany, but it fails to reach enough speed to takeoff.

Updated: December 21, 2011 — 2:53 PM

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