July 3, 2022
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Today in Aviation: TWA Operates its Maiden Transatlantic Flight

Today in Aviation, Transcontinental and Western Airlines, later Trans World Airlines (TWA), operated its maiden commercial transatlantic service in 1946. 

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Today in Aviation: Japan Air Lines Launches First International Flights

Today in Aviation, Japan Air Lines (JL) began its first international scheduled air service from Tokyo to San Francisco with a DC-6B in 1954.

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Today in Aviation: Boeing 727 Enters Service With Eastern Air Lines

Today in Aviation, the American-built, three-engined Boeing 727 entered service with launch customer Eastern Air Lines in 1964.

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Today in Aviation: Boeing Finalizes Purchase of de Havilland Canada

Today in Aviation, the Boeing Company completed the purchase of Canadian aircraft manufacturer, de Havilland Canada, in 1986.

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Today in Aviation: ‘Friendship One’ Sets Round-the-world Record

Today in Aviation, Friendship One, a United Airlines (UA) Boeing 747-SP (Special Performance), set a new round-the-world record in 1988. The type circled the globe in 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. The jet (N147UA) had left Seattle’s Boeing Field (BFI) at 7:14 pm local time on January 28. Onboard were numerous journalists, celebrities, […]

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Today in Aviation: The Official Opening of Auckland Airport

Today in Aviation, Auckland Airport (AKL), the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, opened its doors in 1966.

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Today in Aviation: First Flight of the Potez 62

Today in Aviation, the French-built, twin-engined civilian airliner, the Potez 62, took to the skies for the first time in 1935. The aircraft was designed by Henry Potez, a French aviation engineer who founded his own company Aviation Potez in 1919. During the First World War, many of his factory-built land and seaplanes were considered […]

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Today in Aviation: First Flight of the Convair 880

Today in Aviation, the first example of the initial production version of Model 22 of the Convair 880 made its maiden flight in 1959. The Convair 880 was an American narrow-body jet airliner manufactured by General Dynamics’ Convair division. By being smaller but quicker, a niche that failed to generate demand, it was intended to […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the Miles M.57 Aerovan

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, the British-built Miles M.57 Aerovan prototype aircraft took to the skies for the first time in 1945. The aircraft took off from the manufacturer’s Woodley Facility, Berkshire, piloted by Tommy Rose. Towards the end of World War II, numerous British aircraft manufacturers looked at creating new civilian airliners to meet […]

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Today in Aviation: Boeing 777X Completes Maiden Flight

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, Boeing successfully staged the first flight of the 777X, the world’s largest twin-engined commercial aircraft, in 2020. At 252 ft (77 m) in length, the 777X is the longest commercial jet. Additionally, the airplane’s wingspan, boosted by the world’s largest folding wingtips, will measure 235 ft (72 m), almost the […]

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