Aviation in 2004
Several British Airways flights from London Heathrow
Airport to Washington D.C. and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are
cancelled due to security fears.
Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea off
the coast of Egypt, killing all 148 aboard.
An Uzbekistan Airways plane crashes in Uzbekistan's
capital of Tashkent, killing all 37 aboard.
NASA's X-43 pilotless plane breaks world speed record for
an atmospheric engine by briefly flying at 7,700
kilometres (4,780 miles) per hour (seven times the speed
Alaska Airlines discontinues service between San
Francisco and Tucson.
Air France and Netherlands-based KLM (Royal Dutch
Airlines) merge, the two airlines are now known as Air
Southwest Airlines begins service to Philadelphia
The last F-4 Phantom fighters are withdrawn from service
with the Israeli Air Force.
Frontier Airlines begins service to Philadelphia,
Billings, Montana and Spokane, Washington.
Delta Air Lines begins service between Cincinnati and New
America West Airlines starts service between Phoenix and
Alaska Airlines starts service between Denver and
Anchorage and discontinues service between San Jose and
Frontier Airlines begins service to Nashville, Tennessee.
SpaceShipOne is the first non-government built spacecraft
to transport a person into space and return safely to
Volga-AviaExpress Flight 1303 and Siberia Airlines Flight
1047 explode south of Domodedovo International Airport in
Moscow. The Russian government declares the explosions to
have been caused by Chechen terrorists
SpaceShipOne successfully makes her 3rd flight into space
and proves to be a plausible option for space tourism,
thus winning the Ansari X-Prize
NASA's X-43 reaches a record speed of Mach 10 (7,000 mph,
Two CT-114 Tutors from Canada's Snowbirds aerobatic team
collide while training near Mossbank, Saskatchewan.
Captain Miles Selby is killed and Captain Chuck Mallet is
The United States Federal Aviation Administration issues
an Emergency Airworthiness Directive effectively
grounding the entire U.S. fleet of Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
aircraft. The AD is in response to fatal in-flight
structural failure accidents during simulated aerial
Aero-Cam Slick 360
Aceair AERIKS 200
Airblue flies its first flight, a private airline in
Aerocomp Comp Air Jet