DateOn This Date In Aviation HistoryInformation Source
2/19/1944Bomber Command Target: Leipzig, 823 bomber raidThe Bomber War by Robin Neillands
2/19/1945Bomber Command Target: synthetic oil plant at BohlenThe Bomber War by Robin Neillands
2/19/1943A letter of intent was issued to Vega Airplane Company for two XP2V-1 patrol planes, thereby initiating development of the P2V Neptune series of land based patrol aircraft.United States Naval Aviation 1910-1960 by Deputy Chief Of Naval Operations
2/19/1915Ilya Muromets bombers of the Imperial Russian Air Service went into action for the first time on an attack on Willenburg in East Prussia.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
2/19/1934The US Army Air Corps began flying commercial airmail routes after the Roosevelt Administration cancelled all civil contracts. The pilots were poorly trained and ill-equipped to cope with instrument flying in severe winter conditions. A number of pilot fatalities occurred before the scheme ended in May.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
2/19/1957First flight of the Bell X-14 VTOL test aircraft.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
2/19/1970Canadair's CL-84 tilt-wing turboprop V/STOL development aircraft made its maiden flight.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
2/19/1982First flight of the Boeing 757 - the first Boeing aircraft to fly with non-American engines - powered by two Rolls-Royce 535C turbofans.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
2/19/1987Initial flight of the first of 15 Boeing E-6A TACAMOs (Take Charge and Move Out) for the US Navy.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
2/19/1990Boeing 737 production exceeded that of any previous commercial airliner, when the 1,833rd example was rolled out of the Renton plant in Washington.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
2/19/1993Four Tu-95MS 'Bear Hs' were transferred from Kazakhstan to Russia, leaving only Ukraine among the former Soviet republics having strategic nuclear capabilities.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
2/19/2002First flight of the Embraer 170 twin-jet regional airliner.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
2/19/1915Robert H. Goddard begins experimentation with solid fuel rockets. Goddard measures the efficiency of gunpowder-propelled Coston signal rockets, which he later modifies with smokeless powder, steel tube construction, and an exhaust nozzle.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
2/19/1917Lieutenant John B. Bennet takes command of the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps. Lieutenant Colonel Squier is promoted to Chief Signal Officer.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
2/19/1933Former Chief Signal Officer of the Army Brigadier General James Allen dies. Allen sought to expand aviation related activities within Signal Corps and was responsible for the funding and development of early Army aircraft, particularly the Wright Military Flyer.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
2/19/1934Under presidential order, the Army Air Corps begins delivering the U.S. Mail in place of commercial carriers. Even though flying a restricted delivery schedule, poor winter weather and inadequate training result in accidents and fatalities while attempting to accomplish the task.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
2/19/1936Airpower advocate Billy Mitchell dies at Doctor's Hospital in New York City at age 57.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
2/19/1957First flight of the Bell X-14 USAF Ser.No. 56-4022. Pilot: David Howe.X Planes and Prototypes By Jim Winchester
2/19/1990First flight of the Scaled Composites ARES prototype N151SC. Pilot:Doug Shane.X Planes and Prototypes By Jim Winchester
2/19/1944In an effort to keep pressure on the Japanese, more than 60 Tenth Air Force A-36s, P-51s and B-25s strike a variety of targets in Burma.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
2/19/1944U.S. Forces land on Eniwetok while Seventh Air Force bombers pound targets near Ponape and Wojte. The island is under complete control of U.S. forces in 48 hours.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
2/19/1945Marines land on the Japanese held island of Iwo Jima. The island is finally secured on March 29, 1945, at the cost of 6,520 American lives.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
2/19/1945Twentieth Air Force launches more than 150 B-29s in an effort to draw Japanese aerial reinforcements away from Iwo Jima.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
2/19/1990First flight of the Scaled Composites ARES prototype N151SC. Pilot:Doug Shane.X Planes and Prototypes, No Month, 2007, Volume 00, No Month, 2007, Volume 001, Issue 2
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