This Day in History :: 15 December
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15 December 2012 : Ten Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan members attack Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar, Pakistan, with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, targeting Pakistani militiary facilities where attack helicopters are based and triggering a gun battle of over an hour with Pakistani security forces during which five of the attackers are killed. Three grenades strike airport property and two more land in adjacent neighborhoods. Four residents of the neighborhoods are killed and 30 to 40 injured. The five surviving attackers all are cornered and killed by Pakistani police the following day.
15 December 2010 : Last operation by a Harrier Jump Jet, from RAF Cottesmore.
15 December 2010 : A Tara Air de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter crashes into a mountain shortly after departure from Lamidanda Airport in the Bilandu Forest near Shreechaur, Okhaldhunga District, Nepal, killing all 22 passengers and crew on board.
15 December 2009 : First flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
15 December 2006 : First flight of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
15 December 2005 : Introduction: Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. It reaches an altitude of 15,000 feet (4,600 m) in less than three minutes.
15 December 1997 : A chartered Tupolev Tu-154 from Tajikistan crashes in the desert near Sharjah (emirate), United Arab Emirates airport killing 85.
15 December 1996 : The merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing is announced
15 December 1989 : KLM Flight 867, a Boeing 747 flying from Amsterdam to Anchorage, Alaska, flies through a cloud of volcanic debris, subsequently losing power from all four engines. The crew is able to restart the engines and land the plane safely.
15 December 1978 : Retired: Fairey Gannet

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