June 28, 2022
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3/30/1973: Hapag-Lloyd Flug Takes to the Skies

Today in Aviation, the German leisure carrier Hapag-Lloyd Flug (HF) operated its maiden flight in 1973 with a Boeing 727-100. 124 passengers departed Hamburg (HAM) bound for Ibiza (IBZ).

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3/29/1952: BA Retires the Iconic Vickers VC10

Today in Aviation, British Airways (BA) retired from its fleet its last Vickers VC10, a mid-sized, narrow-body long-range jet.

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3/28/1961: Air Afrique Is Established

Today in Aviation, the Treaty of Yaoundé in 1961 established Air Afrique (RK) as a joint venture between Air France (AF) and UAT, each with a 17% holding.

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3/27/2008: London Heathrow’s T5

Today in Aviation, London Heathrow Airport’s (LHR) Terminal Five (T5), the new home of British Airways (BA), began operations in 2008.

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3/26/1992: Maiden Flight of the Saab 2000

Today in Aviation, the prototype Saab 2000 took to the skies for the first time in 1992. At the controls were pilots Eric Sjöberg and Lennart Nordh. The flight test engineers were Sture Rodling and Anders Bergstrand.

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3/25/1993: First Female Concorde Pilot

Today in Aviation, Barbara Harmer made her first Concorde flight in 1993 as the First Officer of the daily London-New York route.

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3/24/2007: Flybe Takes over BA Connect

Today in Aviation, the low-cost subsidiary of British Airways (BA), BA Connect, disappeared from the skies after its takeover by Flybe (BE) in 2007.

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3/23/1998: Norway’s Braathens SAFE is Rebranded

Today in Aviation, Norwegian carrier Braathens SAFE changed its name and corporate identity to Braathens (BU) in 1998.

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3/22/1989: The AN-225’s Record-breaking Flight

Today in Aviation, the Ukrainian flying behemoth Antonov An-225 set 110 new world records during a single flight in 1989.

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American Airlines Introduces the Convair CV-990

Today in Aviation, American Airlines’ (AA) maiden Convair CV-990 Astrojet entered service between New York (JFK) and Chicago (ORD) in 1958.

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