Today in aviation history – 27th December

On 27th December 1928 all Polish airlines were combined and new enterprise called LOT Polish Airlines was established. Junkers F.13 and Fokker F.VII/1m were the first aircrafts used by this airlines. The first international flights (to Bucharest) started on 1st April 1930.

On 27th December 1968 Apollo 8 (with crew: James Lovell and William Anders) returned to Earth and splashed down in the Northern Pacific Ocean. The astronauts of the Apollo 8 were the first people to leave circumterrestrial orbit and visit another celestial body – the Moon. Their mission started on 21st December, on 24th December the Apollo 8 entered lunar orbit and for the next 20 hours was flying around the Moon. The astronauts made photographic documentation and looked for potential spots for landing.

On 27th December 2002 a tender for multitask aircraft for Polish Air Force was finished. It was won by F-16C/D Block 52+. A contract amounted in 48 aircraft and valued at 3.5 billion dollars. The aircrafts were being delivered between November 2006 and December 2008. Nowadays they are used by airports in Poznań-Krzesiny and Łask.