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‘LUFTHANSA HEIST’ ON THIS DAY IN 1978

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Lufthansa cargo terminal at JFK Airport.      
    

On December 11, 1978 half a dozen masked robbers raided the Lufthansa
Airlines cargo building at JFK Airport in New York, making off with more
than
$5 million in cash ($21 million in today’s dollars) and almost $1
million in jewelry. To this day,
the Lufthansa heist, as it is known, is
considered one of the greatest in U.S. history. The plan was dreamed
up by Peter Gruenewald, a Lufthansa cargo worker at JFK Airport
. The 
heist was dramatized in the classic mafia film "Goodfellas."

Ford van used during Lufthansa Airlines robbery at JFK International Airport in December, 1978.
A van used during Lufthansa Airlines robbery at JFK
International Airport.


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Vincent Asaro

Vincent Asaro, a member of the Bonanno crime family, allegedly
helped carry out the bold heist of cash and jewelry from a cargo
terminal at JFK airport.

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SQUADRON MISSING ON THIS DAY IN 1945

Members of the Navy pose in front of one of the Flight 19 planes that disappeared in 1945.
Members of the Flight 19 crew which disappeared in 1945.(History.com)

 

At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19
take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in
Florida on a routine three-
hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120
miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would
return them to the naval base. They never returned.

Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been
flying in the area for more than six months, reported that his compass and
back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. The other
planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land
were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were
successful. After two more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a
distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20
p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft due
to a lack of fuel.

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Five U.S. Navy Grumman TBF-1 Avengers from Escort Scouting Squadron 29 (VGS-29) flying in formation over Norfolk, Virginia.

This is a drawing
of the five Navy planes, Flight 19, that disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle.

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MIKE  GRACIA



On this day in 1947, Howard Hughes flew his "Spruce Goose," a
huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes in California
. It was the
plane’s first and only flight. The "Spruce Goose," nicknamed
because of the white-gray color of the spruce used to build it,
never went into production.

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Howard Robard Hughes Jr.
(December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976)

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Over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California, pilot Chuck Yeager flew
the Bell X-1 rocket plane and became the first person to break the
sound barrier on this day in 1947.     

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Charles Elwood Yeager turned 96 in February.

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