What did @flySFO look like #onthisday in 1940? The 1937 Terminal and Hangars 1-4 are visible, as are the runways. Beginning in 1935 as part of FDR’s New Deal, runway “C” was extended from 1,900 to 3,000 feet. (The runways now measure 7,650 and 11,870 feet!) #SFOHistory#AvGeekThis tweet was posted on May 12, 2023.
The first Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial passenger jet, took off on its maiden flight #onthisday in 2005. The double-decker aircraft has a wingspan of 261 feet (78 meters) and a maximum seating capacity of over 800 passengers. #Airbus#A380#AvGeekThis tweet was posted on April 27, 2023.
#Onthisday in 1973, Federal Express delivered the first packages from its operational facility in Memphis, Tennessee. Started by Frederick Smith in Arkansas, Federal Express, now shortened to FedEx, celebrates its 50th anniversary of launching operations this year! #FedEx#AvGeekThis tweet was posted on April 17, 2023.
Happy birthday, United! Did you know that both United Airlines and Continental Airlines both trace their founding to one man? Walter T. Varney, a flight school and air taxi operator from San Francisco, founded Varney Air Lines, which began airmail service #onthisday in 1926. This tweet was posted on April 06, 2023.
The inaugural Singapore Airlines flight to the United States arrived at San Francisco on #onthisday in 1979. The DC-10 was painted with special livery which read “California here we come.” Have you ever flown on Singapore Airlines? #AvGeek#SingaporeThis tweet was posted on April 04, 2023.
Happy anniversary to our friends at @panamhistory! Founded #onthisday in 1992 by a group of former Pan American employees, the Foundation’s mission is to preserve and promote the unique heritage of Pan American World Airways, Inc. #AvGeek#PanAmThis tweet was posted on March 31, 2023.
Air Afrique was multinational African airline, based in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. Founded #onthisday in 1961, the airline began as a joint venture of Air France and Union Aéromaritime de Transport (UAT) and eleven former French colonies. #AirAfrique#AvGeek#TravelTuesdayThis tweet was posted on March 28, 2023.
#Onthisday in 1927, San Francisco signed a lease with the Mills Estate for 150 acres to use as an airport. The terms were for 3 years at $1,500 per year for a “temporary and experimental” municipal airport. This original tract of land remains part of SFO today. #SFOHistoryThis tweet was posted on March 15, 2023.
#Onthisday in 1963, Pan American World Airways opened their 59-story office building in New York City. Now called the MetLife building, it remains an iconic structure within the New York City skyline. Have you ever visited the Pan Am building? #AvGeek#PanAm#NewYorkCityThis tweet was posted on March 07, 2023.