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On This Day: December 19

Aviation events for December 19

1908: The world’s first aerodrome, Port-Aviation, is opened 12 miles outside of Paris.
1968: The Boeing Company receives its first order, from Israeli airline El Al, for a long-range version of the 747 Jumbo Jet, production of which was announced just under a month ago.
1978: The first solar-powered aircraft, Solar One, makes a successful flight in England.
1980: New York Air began airline operations.
1990: Northwest Airlines buys a 25% share in Hawaiian Airlines.
2005: Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101 loses a wing and crashes into the Atlantic Ocean near Miami, killing twenty people. This crash spells the end for Chalk's Ocean Airways, operating since 1917.

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