Dateline: Yesteryear

Event DateEvent TypeEvent Name
Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to travel via airplane while in office (Miami, Florida to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill to discuss World War II).
Top Ace Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington is shot down over Rabaul in his Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Zero. Hi is picked up by the Japanese.
A C-97 Stratofreighter (Model 367) sets a transcontinental record by flying 2,323 miles from Seattle to Washington, D. C., in 6 hours and 4 min, at an average speed of 383 miles per hour.
US carriers American Airlines and TWA begin coast-to coast coach-class flights with 60-passenger DC-4 s, charging US $110 one-way.
The year-end tally showed that for the first time, total passenger flying miles exceeded that of railroad miles at 10.6 million.
Wisconsin Central Airlines changes its name to North Central Airlines, and moves its headquarters from Clintonville, Wisconsin, to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Brooklyn Dodgers order a Convair CV-440 for $775,000, becoming the first major league baseball team to buy an airplane. Sadly for Brooklyn fans, the plane would play a key role in O'Malley’s moving of the team to Los Angeles later that year.
While on approach to Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Bristol, Tennessee, Southeast Airlines Flight 308, a Douglas DC-3 A, strays off course and crashes into Holston Mountain, killing all 10 people on board.
The contracts for the development of the Boeing SST and its engines are awarded.
Entered Service: SR-71 Blackbird with the US Air Force.
A Pan Am Boeing 747, on a proving flight from New York, is the first wide-bodied airliner to make a landing at Heathrow Airport in London.
Eastern Airlines Flight 401, a Lockheed Tristar, crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 103 of 176 people on board; the crew is distracted by a faulty gear-down light, resulting in controlled flight into terrain; this is the first crash of a widebody aircraft and the first loss of a Lockheed Tristar.
Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737, crashes into the frozen Potomac River after takeoff from Washington National Airport; five on board survive; 78 on board and 4 on the ground die, including one initial survivor who dies after ensuring that the other crash survivors are rescued from the frozen river.
Eastern Airlines first revenue Boeing 757 flight.
United Airlines begins the first scheduled nonstop service between the continental United States and Maui.
Singer-songwriter and actor Ricky Nelson and six others die in the crash of a Douglas DC-3 near DeKalb, Texas.
Death of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, USMC WWII fighter ace.
McDonnell Douglas F-15E dual-role fighters go into operational service at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N. C.
 American Airlines purchases the Central and South American routes owned by struggling Eastern Air Lines.
Eastern Air Lines is dissolved after 64 years of operation. Many of its remaining assets are parceled out to American and Continental.
TWA files for bankruptcy.
The United States armed forces retire the last F-4 Phantom II from front line service.
Introduction: Airbus A-330
Boeing changes the name of the MD-95 jetliner to the 717 – 200.
US Airways Flight 1549, an Airbus A320-214 (N106US) with 155 people aboard flies into a flock of Canada geese just after takeoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport and ditches in the Hudson River after both engines are disabled by birdstrikes. All passengers and crew are rescued, and only five people are injured.[3]
Launch of WGS-4, (Wideband Global SATCOM system) American high capacity satellite communications system.