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  • Scotland’s largest airline Flyglobespan enters administration and ceases all flights. – December 16, 2009
  • Pakistan Air Force Dassault Mirage III fighter aircraft crashed during a training mission due to a technical fault. The pilot managed to eject safely, landing in the Durrab Lake, (Kallar Kahar) and was rescued by a boat. – December 16, 2009
  • A Mexican Air Force Antonov An-32, 3103, of 3 Grupo Aero/EATP 301, crashes into the sea off the coast of Mexico, near Acapulco. The four crew members on board are killed. – December 16, 2006
  • Air Canada Flight 646, a Bombardier CRJ200, crashes after a failed go-around attempt in Fredericton, New Brunswick. All passengers and crew survive. – December 16, 1997
  • First flight of the Antonov An-70. – December 16, 1994
  • McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, 84-0042, of the 3246th Test Wing, Armament Development and Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, crashes in the Gulf of Mexico, 53 miles SE of Eglin. The Armament Division commander, Col. Timothy F. O'Keefe, Jr., and Maj. Eugene F. Arnold, an instructor pilot with the 40th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin, eject safely. – December 16, 1985
  • A United States Air Force Boeing B-52 Stratofortress crashed after take-off from Mather Air Force Base, nine killed. – December 16, 1982
  • Douglas Campbell (aviator), American pilot dies (b. 1896). Campbell was an American aviator and World War I flying ace. He was the first American aviator flying in an American unit to achieve the status of ace. – December 16, 1980
  • The British Airways Concorde lands in London after flying from New York in less than three hours (2 hours 58 min) at an average speed of 1,172 miles per hour (1,886 km/h). – December 16, 1979
  • U.S. Navy Vought F-8 Crusader, BuNo 145611, of Detachment 19, VFP-63, crashes into the Gulf of Tonkin ~60 miles (97 km) E of Dj?ng H?i, killing pilot Lt. Victor Patrick Buckley, of Falls Church, Virginia, while returning to the USS Hancock from a photographic reconnaissance mission. Cause of loss thought to be accidental. – December 16, 1969
  • The 1960 New York air disaster: United Airlines Flight 826, a Douglas DC-8, and TWA Flight 266, a Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation, collide in mid-air over Staten Island in New York; all 128 aboard the two planes and six people on the ground are killed. This was the first crash in which a flight recorder was used to provide details in a crash investigation. – December 16, 1960
  • Convair B-58 Hustler, 58-1008, c/n 15, accepted and delivered to the 6592nd Test Squadron, 43rd Bomb Wing, for pod and suitability testing during October: 1958. Crashed this date, the first Convair B-58 Hustler accident, 70 kilometres (43 mi) NNE of Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, due to loss of control during normal flight when auto trim and ratio changer were rendered inoperative due to an electrical system failure. Air Force pilot Maj. Richard Smith killed; AF Nav/bombardier Lt. Col. George Gradel, AF DSO Capt. Daniel Holland, both survive. – December 16, 1958
  • First flight of the Antonov An-12. – December 16, 1957
  • Republic F-105 Thunderchief, 54-0098, the first prototype, crash lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Republic test pilot Russell M. "Rusty" Roth was forced to make an emergency landing after the right main landing gear had been torn away after having been inadvertently extended during high speed flight. Pilot uninjured. Although the airframe was returned to the factory, it was deemed too costly to repair. – December 16, 1955
  • The Royal Australian Navy commissions its first aircraft carrier, HMAS Sydney (R17). – December 16, 1948

(Overnight) For the first time, Royal Air Force Bomber Command conducts a raid focusing on attacking a city center rather than specific targets in Operation Rachel, a raid by 134 British bombers against Mannheim, Germany, in reprisal for the German raid on Coventry in November. Their bombs are dispersed widely, killing 34 people in Mannheim and Ludwigshafen. – 16th December 1940

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