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On this day, July 20, in 1969, Apollo 11 became the first space flight to land two humans on the moon. Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy and was the fifth manned mission of NASA’s Apollo program. American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle at 20:18 UTC.This became the first TV transmission to Earth from Apollo 11—an estimated 530 million people watched Armstrong’s televised image. Armstrong spoke one of the most famous statements ever made during the event as he took “. . . one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind,” forever changing the future of the space program.

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Seeing is believing for the pilots and crew aboard Orbis International’s “Flying Eye Hospital.” As a U.S. Air Force veteran, Capt. Gary Dyson (FedEx Express), being of service to others has been a lifelong effort. Ever since his first flight for the organization 18 years ago, Dyson has donated his time to the Flying Eye Hospital using his vacation hours and bidding around the organization’s mission days.



Independence Day is a time for the nation to celebrate freedom while reflecting on American values. Today, as we recognize the record number of individuals flying on this Fourth of July holiday, ALPA and its pilots continue to work hard to keep our motto, “Schedule with Safety,” front and center. Flying is the safest mode of transportation in the world thanks to our highly trained and qualified pilots, whose top priority is to keep flying safe.

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The official start of summer has begun and also coincides with the longest day of the year. At ALPA, we’re ready for some sunshine and warmer temperatures. With new routes and endless vacation opportunities, our 60,000 pilots at 34 U.S. and Canadian airlines are prepared to help your summer take off.

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Every June 14, the United States celebrates Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the country’s official flag. Throughout the years, the flag has been a symbol of freedom, patriotism and exceptionalism. In the aviation industry, it represents the high safety standards we demand here in the United States.


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