1976 in aviation

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This is a list of aviation-related events from 1976:

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May[edit]

  • May 1–3
    • Carrying 98 passengers, the Pan American World Airways Boeing 747SP-21 Clipper Liberty Bell (registration N533PA) makes an around-the-world flight during which it sets several world records. Departing John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on May 1, it flies eastward nonstop to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, arriving on May 2 after flying 13,005.1 kilometers (8,081 miles) at an average speed of 869.63 kilometers per hour (540.363 miles per hour), a record average speed for a commercial aircraft flying the route. It then flies nonstop to Tokyo International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, arriving on May 3 after covering 12,132.8 kilometers (7,539 miles) at an average speed of 421.20 kilometers per hour (261.722 miles per hour), a record average speed for a commercial aircraft flying the route. It then flies its final leg, returning to John F. Kennedy International Airport with a nonstop flight of 12,097.4 kilometers (7,517 miles) at an average speed of 912.50 kilometers per hour (567.001 miles per hour), a record speed for a commercial aircraft on that route. The flight takes 46 hours 1 second, of which 39 hours 25 minutes 53 seconds are in the air, and covers 37,235.4 kilometers (23,137 miles) at an average speed of 809.24 kilometers per hour (502.838 miles per hour), a record average speed for an aircraft on an eastward around-the-world flight.[11]
  • May 3 – A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 (registration C-GDHA) operated by de Havilland Canada suffers the failure of its No. 2 engine on takeoff from Monze Airport in Monze, Zambia, and crashes 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) beyond the end of the runway, killing all 11 people on board.[12]
  • May 9 – An Imperial Iranian Air Force Boeing 747-131F cargo plane operating as Flight 48 is struck by lightning near Madrid, Spain, causing the fuel tank in its left wing to explode and the wing to separate. The aircraft crashes in farmland, killing all 17 people on board.[13]
  • May 15 – Flying at its cruising altitude of 5,700 meters (18,700 feet) during a domestic flight in the Soviet Union from Vinnitsa to Moscow, Aeroflot Flight 1802, an Antonov An-24V (registration CCCP-46534), experiences a sudden, sharp rudder deflection. It goes into a spin and crashes 15 kilometers (9.4 miles) southeast of Chernigov in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, killing all 52 people on board.[14]
  • May 21–23 – Six Muslim rebels hijack Philippine Air Lines Flight 116, a BAC One-Eleven 527FK (registration RP-C1161), during a domestic flight in the Philippines from Davao City to Manila with 81 other people on board. They force it to fly to Zamboanga Airport in Zamboanga City, where they demand $375,000 and a plane to fly them to Libya. When Filipino security forces storm the plane on May 23, a gun battle breaks out and the hijackers detonate hand grenades. Three hijackers and 10 passengers die, and the three surviving hijackers are arrested and later sentenced to death.[15]
  • May 24 – Air France and British Airways simultaneously initiate transatlantic Concorde service with flights to Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia.[16]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Mondey, David, ed., The Complete Illustrated History of the World's Aircraft, Secaucus, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc., 1978, ISBN 0-89009-771-2, p. 95.
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  4. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  5. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  6. ^ Mondey, David, ed., The Complete Illustrated History of the World's Aircraft, Secaucus, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc., 1978, ISBN 0-89009-771-2, p. 58.
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  8. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  9. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  10. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  11. ^ This Day in Aviation: May 1-3, 1976
  12. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  13. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  14. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  15. ^ Aviation Safety Network Hijacking Description
  16. ^ Donin, Robert B. "Safety Regulation of the Concorde Supersonic Transport: Realistic Confinement of the National Environmental Policy Act". HeinOnline, 1976. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  17. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  18. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
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  20. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
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  22. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  23. ^ Mondey, David, ed., The Complete Illustrated History of the World's Aircraft, Secaucus, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc., 1978, ISBN 0-89009-771-2, p. 65.
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  25. ^ a b Richard Kebabjian (2006). "Accident Details". www.planecrashinfo.com. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  26. ^ "Transport Crashes in Azores". Associated Press. 1976-09-04. 
  27. ^ Gabriel Lee (2005). "Iquitos Express - C-130 Hercules FAV2716". Silicon Valley Scale Modelers. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
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  36. ^ Roughton, Randy, "Double Ace: Pilot With DSC, Air Force Cross, Was Always Ready to Fly, Fight," Air Force Print News Today, October 1, 2012.
  37. ^ Bernstein, Adam, "Retired Air Force Colonel Ralph S. Parr, a Highly Decorated Pilot, Dies at 88," The Washington Post, December 20, 2012, p. B7.
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  44. ^ a b c d e f Taylor 1976, p. [71].
  45. ^ Taylor 1982, p. 167.
  46. ^ Taylor 1982, p. 15.
  47. ^ Taylor 1982, p. 70.
  48. ^ Taylor 1982, p. 201.
  49. ^ David, Donald, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Nobles Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7607-0592-5, p. 111.
  50. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7607-0592-6, p. 100.
  51. ^ Taylor 1982, p. 269.