After nearly two years of This Date in Aviation History posts, I will be closing the book on this series. Saturday, December 31, will be the final post.

It’s been a long flight, with many thousands of words written about two topics that are near and dear to my heart: history and aviation. What began back in February of 2015 with a one-off post about the first flight of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft has burgeoned into something significantly more comprehensive. But with that growth has come an exponential increase in the workload to keep it going. As much as I have enjoyed, and still enjoy, writing about and sharing milestones in aviation history, I have made the difficult decision to end this wonderful journey. Writing on a deadline two days a week is arduous (bless you, Kijna devs, for the gift of scheduled posts), and January through March promise to be very busy months for me, with some major performances and an audition to prepare for. I simply won’t have the time to dedicate to the continuation of this project.

For all the aviation fans out there, don’t despair. My posts won’t disappear entirely. I hope to focus my efforts on once-weekly articles about obscure aircraft, aircraft also-rans, important people you may never have heard of, historical events, current trends in the aviation industry, or whatever floats my boat. Throughout my research for TDIAH, I have amassed a long list of things I’d like to write about, and I hope you will enjoy reading about those topics as much as I will enjoy writing about them.


I would like to extend a very warm thanks to all who have read my work, and those who have contributed in the comments. I have thoroughly enjoyed our conversations, and I have learned as much from you as I have from doing my research. The whole Oppo community has benefitted from your knowledge and expertise about aviation and history, and your comments have been a fantastic addition to my work. Thank you.

I wish you and your families health and prosperity in the New Year, and may you all have fair skies and a following wind.

And, as always, thanks for reading. Until next time, the runway is closed.


If you have enjoyed these Aviation History posts, please let me know in the comments. And, if you missed any of the past articles, you can find them all at Planelopnik History.