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  • A Brazilian Air Force Super Tucano crashed close to Porto Velho Air Force Base. The pilot, First Lieutenant Marcelino Aparecido Feitosa, ejected. He was rescued by a FAB's UH-60 (Black Hawk). He was talking during the rescue and he was kept under observation at the Army hospital. - Friday 25th Feb, 2011
  • An United States Air Force General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed during landing at Osan Air Base, South Korea. The plane became uncontrollable and the pilot bailed out. The jet was heavily damaged and crashed within Osan's boundaries. - Thursday 25th Feb, 2010
  • Turkish Airlines Flight 1951, a Boeing 737-800, flying from Atatürk Airport in Istanbul to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam crashes in a field during final approach; of the 127 passengers and 7 crew on board, 9 are killed, 85 injured. - Wednesday 25th Feb, 2009
  • Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 crashes short of the runway while on approach to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. A faulty altimeter on the Boeing 737-800 (TC-JGE) led to a decrease in the autothrottle to idle. Noticing too late, the crew was unable to recover, and the aircraft broke apart while landing in the mud. Among the 135 people on board, 9 die, including the two pilots. - Monday 25th Feb, 2008
  • OH-58D(R) Kiowa 97-0124 crashes in Iraq with 4th Squadron, 3d ACR, after striking electrical wires west of Baghdad, killing the two pilots. - Wednesday 25th Feb, 2004
  • 63 U. S. Army Blackhawk helicopters lift the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 155 miles (250 km) behind Iraqi ground forces attempting to retreat from Kuwait, cutting them off. This will allow Coalition aircraft and ground forces to annihilate the trapped Iraqi units on Highway 8 between Basra and Baghdad. Iraqi antiaircraft artillery shoots down a U. S. Marine Corps AV-8 B Harrier II southeast of Kuwait City, and also claims an American OV-10D Bronco and an American attack helicopter. - Monday 25th Feb, 1991
  • Smoke-free flights become mandatory throughout North America for all US airlines. - Sunday 25th Feb, 1990
  • A US Army Boeing-Vertol CH-47D Chinook helicopter, 86-01643, of 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 47th Hospital, 214th Field Artillery Brigade, 3rd Corps, Forces Command (FORSCOM), located at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, crashes outside Chico, Texas, killing 10 soldiers and injuring 8, most with burns. The helicopter caught fire mid-flight due to the failure and disintegration of the number two transmission and driveshaft, and the brave pilots attempted an emergency landing, but the billowing smoke and passenger movements made it impossible. The helicopter hit the ground at 150 mph, breaking apart in a sheet of fire. This was originally the first B-model Chinook, 66-19121, which was converted in 1986 to D-model status. - Thursday 25th Feb, 1988
  • A small fleet of American military helicopters evacuates deposed President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos and his entourage from Manila to Clark Air Force Base. The following day, he goes into exile in Hawaii. - Tuesday 25th Feb, 1986
  • Retired: Republic F-105 Thunderchief - Saturday 25th Feb, 1984
  • American Airlines announces it will cancel its orders for 15 Boeing 757s. - Thursday 25th Feb, 1982
  • Brig. General Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, flies his final US Air Force sortie. - Tuesday 25th Feb, 1975
  • Chapin Scott Paterson, an American citizen, hijacked a US Boeing 747 en route to Vancouver; he was turned over to FBI same day. - Thursday 25th Feb, 1971
  • TWA becomes the first airline to fly a “Jumbo Jet” within the US, when it inaugurates a Boeing 747 service between Los Angeles and New York. - Wednesday 25th Feb, 1970
  • First flight of the Alon A-4 - Friday 25th Feb, 1966
  • First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 - Thursday 25th Feb, 1965
  • Eastern Air Lines Flight 304, a Douglas DC-8 flying from New Orleans International Airport to Washington National Airport, crashes into Lake Pontchartrain, killing all 51 passengers and seven crew aboard. - Tuesday 25th Feb, 1964
  • First flight of the Transall C-160 - Monday 25th Feb, 1963
  • In the 1962 Avensa Fairchild F-27 accident, the plane crashes into San Juan mountain on Margarita Island, killing all 23 on board. - Sunday 25th Feb, 1962
  • The 1960 Rio de Janeiro air crash was an aerial collision between two aircraft over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the crash, a United States Navy (USN) Douglas R6D-1, BuNo 131582, flying from Buenos Aires - Ezeiza to Galeao International Airport/Galeao Air Force Base collided with a Real Transportes Aereos Douglas DC-3 registration PP-AXD, which was flying from Campos dos Goytacazes to Rio de Janeiro - Santos Dumont Airport, over Guanabara Bay, close to the Sugarloaf Mountain. Of the 38 occupants of the American aircraft, 3 survived. All 26 passengers and crew of the Brazilian aircraft died. - Thursday 25th Feb, 1960
  • United Airlines sets a record commercial Honolulu, Hawaii-to-San Francisco, California, flight time of 5 hours 43 min. - Tuesday 25th Feb, 1958
  • During joint exercises with the US Navy at Naval Station Mayport, Duval County, Florida, a flight of four Royal Canadian Navy McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee fighters performs a formation takeoff but immediately flies into a dense fog bank; the rearmost aircraft, BuNo 126428 of VF-871, drops out of formation and vanishes. The airplane's nosewheel and pilot Lt. Barry Troy's helmet are later found floating in the ocean nearby, but no other signs of the missing aircraft or pilot are ever found. - Tuesday 25th Feb, 1958
  • First flight of the Bell XP-83 - Sunday 25th Feb, 1945
  • Carrier aircraft of the U. S. Navy’s Task Force 58 strike targets around Tokyo, but bad weather forces the cancellation of many strikes. - Sunday 25th Feb, 1945
  • German guided bombs sink the British destroyer HMS Inglefield off Anzio with heavy loss of life. - Friday 25th Feb, 1944
  • (25-26) German aircraft attack Convoy JW 53 during its voyage from Loch Ewe, Scotland, to Molotovsk in the Soviet Union via the Barents Sea, causing no damage. - Thursday 25th Feb, 1943
  • First flight of the Messerschmitt Me 321 - Tuesday 25th Feb, 1941
  • Douglas B-18 Bolo, 36-446, c/n 1747, formerly of the 11th Bomb Group, crashes due to main bearing failure on port engine. The crew was rescued three days later. Since then, the aircraft has been sitting in a gulch on Laupahoehoe Nui LLC property, Hamakua, Hawaii. Acquired by Pacific Aviation Museum, the plan is to recover and restore the aircraft. - Tuesday 25th Feb, 1941
  • The first RCAF unit, 110 Army Co-op Squadron, arrived in England. - Sunday 25th Feb, 1940
  • A Curtiss Y1O-40B Raven, 32-416, of the 1st Observation Squadron, 9th Observation Group, Mitchel Field, Long Island, New York, piloted by Don W. Smith, suffers major damage when it force lands due to engine failure at Floyd Bennett Field, New York City, New York. - Monday 25th Feb, 1935
  • USS Ranger, the US Navy's first ship designed from the outset as an aircraft carrier, is launched. - Saturday 25th Feb, 1933
  • Russia’s civil airline changes its name to “Aeroflot” as we know it today. - Thursday 25th Feb, 1932
  • Ralph O’Neil lands in Miami on the first mail service of America airline New York, Rio and Buenos Aires Line (NYRBA) between Buenos Aires and New York after a difficult 6-day flight from Argentina. - Tuesday 25th Feb, 1930
  • Curtiss XP-6 Hawk (fourth P-2, 25-423, converted with Curtiss V-1570-1 engine), of the 27th Pursuit Squadron, is destroyed in crash at Selfridge Field, Michigan, after structural failure in a spin/stall with only 80 flying hours, killing pilot Andrew D. Knox. This airframe had won the Pursuit Plane Race in the 1927 National Air Races with a speed of 189.608 mph. - Monday 25th Feb, 1929
  • The world’s first major air evacuation comes to an end when Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) flies out the last of 586 civilians from Kabul to the safety to India. The airlift involves nationals of about 20 countries. - Monday 25th Feb, 1929
  • Crew training begins for the Royal Navy’s first rigid airship, HMA No. 1, also known as Mayfly. - Friday 25th Feb, 1910
  • The first balloon flight made in Italy takes place from the grounds of a villa owned by Chevalier Paul Andreani near Milanand uses a modified hot air design built by the brothers Charles and Augustin Gerli. - Wednesday 25th Feb, 1784
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