Lee Cross

European Deputy Editor
Writer and aviation fanatic, Lee is a plant geek and part-time Flight Attendant for a UK-based airline. Based in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

2/04/1998: Western Pacific Airlines Ceases Operations

Today, in 1998, Colorado Springs Municipal Airport based low-cost carrier Western Pacific Airlines ceased operations.

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2/03/2012: Malev Ceases Operations after 66 Years

Today, in 2012, Malév Hungarian Airlines ceased operations after 66 years of service.

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2/02/1954: Japan Air Lines Launches Its First International Flights

Today, in 1954, Japan Air Lines began its first international scheduled air service.

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2/01/1964: Boeing 727 Enters Service With Eastern Air Lines

Today, in 1964, the three-engine Boeing 727 entered service with launch customer Eastern Air Lines.

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1/31/1986: Boeing Finalizes Purchase of De Havilland Canada

On this day in 1986, the Boeing Company completed the purchase of Canadian aircraft manufacturer De Havilland Canada.

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1/30/1988: ‘Friendship One’ Sets Round-the-world Record

On this day in 1988, United Airlines 'Friendship One,' a Boeing 747SP, set a new round-the-world record, circling the globe in 36 hours,

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1/29/1966: The Official Opening of Auckland Airport

Today, in 1966, Auckland Airport, the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, opened its doors.

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1/28/1935: First Flight of the Potez 62

The Potez 62 was a French built, twin-engined civilian airliner that took to the skies on this day in 1935.

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1/26/1945: Maiden Flight of the Miles M.57 Aerovan

The quirky-looking Miles M.57 Aerovan took to the skies for the first time on this day in 1945.

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1/24/1961: Maiden Flight of the Convair 990 Coronado

The Convair 990 'Coronado,' built following a request from American Airlines, took to the skies for the first time on this day in

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