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On This Day: February 16

(This Day in Aviation) 16 February 1946: The Sikorsky S-51 prototype, NX92800, made its first flight. The test pilot was Dimitry D. (“Jimmy”) Viner, who later made the first civilian rescue using a helicopter. The S-51 was the first helicopter intended for commercial use, though it was also widely used…

On This Day

On This Day

On this day in history, February 9th 1963, the first flight of the Boeing 727 occurred. The Boeing 727 was the first commercial airplane to break the 1,000-sales mark, but it started out as a risky proposition. The 727 was designed to service smaller airports with shorter runways than those used…