Today in History :: Aviation day in history website and APIen-us<![CDATA[2009-10-23 :: Slovakian airline Seagle Air ceased operations.]]><![CDATA[2009-10-23 :: An Indian Air Force Mikoyan MiG-27 Flogger D/J flying from the Hasimara Air Force Base, Eastern Air Command crashes near New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India. The aircraft on a routine training exercise suffers a technical fault and an on-board engine fire shortly after take-off. After a successful ejection the pilot parachutes into a nearby tea estate and the aircraft crashes into a nearby river bank injuring two children.]]><![CDATA[2007-10-23 :: Launch: Space Shuttle Discovery STS-120 at 15:38:19 UTC. Mission highlights: ISS assembly flight 10A: US Harmony module, crew rotation.]]><![CDATA[2003-10-23 :: Concorde made it's final commercial flight from London Heathrow to New York JFK as Speedbird Concorde 1. It was to return the next day as Speedbird Concorde 2 to land in sequence with 2 other Concorde's on Heathrow's runway 27 right]]><![CDATA[2003-10-23 :: AH-64D Apache 00-5219 (ex AH-64A 86-8972) from 1&ndash;101st Aviation Regiment crashes in Iraq while approaching to land at Kirkuk. The APU clutch failed and started a fire in flight. Aircraft landed safely but fuselage was almost completely burnt through.]]><![CDATA[1996-10-23 :: Fuerza Aerea Argentina Boeing 707-372C, LV-LGP, c/n 20077/728, on approach to Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, Buenos Aires, Argentina, makes high approach without proper attention to pre-landing procedures, develops nose-down attitude at ~900-1,000 metres, does not have time to correct, strikes ground hard ~750 metres short of runway 11, breaks up, burns. Two of eight on board are killed.]]><![CDATA[1987-10-23 :: The last F-104 Starfighter is phased out of West German Luftwaffe service]]><![CDATA[1977-10-23 :: (26-31) A Pan American World Airways Boeing 747SP circumnavigates the world over the two poles.]]><![CDATA[1972-10-23 :: In Vietnam, Operation Linebacker concludes.]]><![CDATA[1967-10-23 :: American aircraft attack Phuc Yen airfield, North Vietnam&rsquo;s largest airfield, for the first time.]]><![CDATA[1967-10-23 :: First flight of the Canadair CL-215]]><![CDATA[1964-10-23 :: U. S. Navy aircraft begin providing cover for Laotian government forces.]]><![CDATA[1962-10-23 :: The Air Defence Command was alerted due to the Cuban missile crisis.]]><![CDATA[1962-10-23 :: In Operation Blue Moon, six U. S. Navy RF-8 Crusader photographic reconnaissance aircraft flying from Key West, Florida, conduct the first American low-level flights over Cuba, flying at 400 mph (644 km/hr) only a few hundred feet off the ground.]]><![CDATA[1962-10-23 :: A USAF Boeing C-135B-BN Stratolifter, 62-4136, c/n 18476/C42, of the Military Air Transport Service, delivering a load of ammunition from McGuire AFB, New Jersey, to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, as part of the military response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, stalls and crashes short of the runway, killing all seven crew. This was the first cargo C-135 hull loss.]]>