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Today in Aviation: AASI Jetcruzer 450 First Flight

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, the prototype Advanced Aerodynamics and Struc­tures Inc. (AASI) Jetcruzer 450 performed its maiden flight in 1989. This unique aircraft was first developed back in 1983. Construction began in 1988. The unpressurized Jetcruzer 450 had a unique design and is easily recognizable. With a large flight deck and large cabin windows, […]

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Today in Aviation: The CASA/IPTN CN-235

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the twin-engined, medium-range regional airliner and transporter aircraft, the CN-235 took to the skies for the first time in 1983. After testing the aircraft was certified in 1986 and entered service on March 1, 1988. The aircraft was a joint venture between the Spanish manufacturer Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (or CASA […]

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Today in Aviation: Dan-Air Operates Last Comet Flight

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Dan-Air (DA) operated the last commercial flight of a de Havilland Comet aircraft in 1980, G-BDIW. The type, which had been delivered from the Royal Air Force (RAF) in august 1975, operated a special enthusiasts charter flight from London Gatwick (LGW). The Comet had joined DA’s fleet in 1966. Its […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of The Yak-40

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the prototype of the Yakovlev trijet Yak-40 took to the air for the first time in 1966. It would be produced until 1981. The type’s brainchild was the JSC A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau, a Russian aircraft designer, and manufacturer founded by Soviet aeronautical engineer Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev in 1934. However, some date […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the Junkers Ju 52

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the German-built Junkers Ju 52 took to the air for the first time in 1930. The type flew for almost 90 years. The corrugated duralumin metal skin aircraft was developed by German Aeronautical Engineer Ernst Zindel. The initial model was powered with a single engine and offered seating for 17 […]

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