Lee Cross

European Deputy Editor
Writer and aviation fanatic, Lee is a plant geek and part-time Flight Attendant for a UK-based airline. Based in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

2/11/1958: First US African-American FA Takes Flight

Today, in 1958, Ruth Carol Taylor, the first African American Flight Attendant in the United States, performs her duties for the first time.

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2/10/1996: Edelweiss Air Commences Operations

Today, in 1996, Swiss leisure airline Edelweiss Air operated its maiden flight.

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2/09/1969: The Queen of the Skies Takes Flight

Today, in 1969, the prototype Boeing 747 took to the skies from Seattle, Washington, for the first time.

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2/07/1934: First Official New Zealand-Australia Airmail Flight

Today, in 1934, The first official airmail flight took place between New Zealand and Australia.

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2/06/1919: Lufthansa Forerunner Deutsche Luft-Reederei Maiden Flight

Today, in 1919, German airline Deutsche Luft-Reederei operated its inaugural flight, a 250 km route between Berlin and Weimar.

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2/5/1946: TWA Operates its Maiden Transatlantic Flight

Transcontinental and Western Air, later Trans World Airlines, operated its maiden commercial transatlantic service in 1946. 

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2/04/1998: Western Pacific Airlines Ceases Operations

Today, in 1998, Colorado Springs Municipal Airport based low-cost carrier Western Pacific Airlines ceased operations.

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2/03/2012: Malev Ceases Operations after 66 Years

Today, in 2012, Malév Hungarian Airlines ceased operations after 66 years of service.

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2/02/1954: Japan Air Lines Launches Its First International Flights

Today, in 1954, Japan Air Lines began its first international scheduled air service.

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2/01/1964: Boeing 727 Enters Service With Eastern Air Lines

Today, in 1964, the three-engine Boeing 727 entered service with launch customer Eastern Air Lines.

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