Aviation in 2003
The first deliveries of
the F/A-22 Raptor aircraft are made to 422nd Test &
Evaluation Wing based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
The MBDA Meteor
beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) is
officially launched, with plans that the missile will
enter service in 2011.
The United States Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates on
re-entry, killing all seven astronauts. The wreckage
falls over California, Arizona and Texas.
February 5 - 9
Euro-India show is held at Bangalore
Fina Air begins services.
Boeing 727 mysteriously disappears in Angola, along with
pilot Ben Charles Padilla.
The Spirit of Butts Farm becomes the first flight across
the Atlantic by a computer-controlled model aircraft.
Skip Holm, flying the modified P-51D 'Dago Red', sets a
new closed-course piston-engine speed record of 507 mph
at the Reno Air Races.
Yang Liwei becomes the People's Republic of China's first
man in space.
the Concorde makes its last scheduled commercial flight.
the last "retirement" Concorde flight.
on the anniversary of the Wright Flyer's achievement,
SpaceShipOne is the first privately built, manned
aircraft to fly faster than the speed of sound,
United Transit 141 crashes in Benin, spreading rumours
that it is the Boeing 727 that disappeared earlier during
The 100th birthday of aviation has begun.
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