This Day in History (1968): Helipad in Service
The new landing and take-off location was officially opened Jan. 10, 1968, just behind the Administration building.
From the Jan. 17, 1968, edition of the Arabian Sun and Flare
Dhahran's new helipad, located behind the Administration Building parking lot, was officially opened Wednesday, Jan. 10 1968, when the Bell Jet-Ranger helicopter operated by Petroleum Helicopters Inc. made its first landing at 8:55 a.m.
The helicopter, a turbine-powered model, is designed to carry a pilot and four passengers, and is used mainly to carry technicians and equipment to Aramco's offshore facilities.
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1946 — The UN Security Council hosts its first meeting
1920 — With the enactment of the Volstead Act, Prohibition begins in the U.S.
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1773 — Captain James cook leads the first expedition to sail south of the Antarctic Circle
1377 — Pope Gregory XI reaches Rome after deciding to move the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon