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On this Day in Aviation History — February 8

On this Day in Aviation History — February 8

2010 The freighter version of the 747-8 takes flight for the first time. In2005, Boeing announced that it was launching the 747 Advanced as the “Boeing 747-8”. This would be the first lengthened 747 to go into full production. The 747-8 and 747SP are the only 747 variants with a fuselage of modified length.



2008  Eagle Airways Flight 2279 is hijacked 10 minutes after takeoff from Woodbourne Airport in New Zealand by a Somalian refugee. The pilots of the BAe Jetstream 32 (ZK-ECN) received minor injuries in the passengers’ knife attack until finally being subdued.

Eagle Airways Flight 2279


1988 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) retires an aircraft registration number for the first time.  The number is from Amelia Earhart’s Electra 10E, which disappeared over the Pacific in July 1937.

Amelia Earhart's Electra 10E


1933 The first Boeing 247 takes to the air for the first time opening a new era in air transport. It represents the new age of all-metal monoplane design.



1919 Lafayette Escadrille, the U.S. volunteer squadron serving in the French Army are disbanded and then transferred to the U.S. Army and redesignated the 103rd Aero Squadron.

Sioux  Escadrille Lafayette


Updated: June 1, 2015 — 12:13 PM

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