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5/02/1952: First Commercial Jet Flies to South Africa

Today in Aviation, the first scheduled jet flight bound for Johannesburg, South Africa, left London in 1952 with 36 passengers.

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4/14/1971: BOAC Places First Boeing 747 into Service

Today in Aviation, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) placed the Boeing 747 into commercial service in 1971. 

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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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Today in Aviation: BA Retires the Iconic Vickers VC10

Today in Aviation, British Airways (BA) retired from its fleet the last Vickers VC10, a mid-sized, narrow-body long-range jet, in 1981.

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Today in Aviation: BOAC’s First Transatlantic Jet-powered Flight

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, British Overseas Aircraft Corporation (BOAC) launches the world’s first jet-powered transatlantic flight in 1958. Using the de Havilland Comet 4, BOAC beat rival Pan American to the post by just three weeks. this was despite Pan Am launching a high-profile advertising campaign, announcing their intention to begin their service with […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the Avro York

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the prototype Avro York (LV626) made its first flight in 1942 from Manchester Ringway Airfield.  The British built airliner was a civilian version of the Avro Lancaster bomber, created by fabled aircraft design engineer Roy Chadwick. Chadwick had envisaged the post war demand for a transport aircraft. Despite the deteriorating […]

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Today in Aviation: First Flight of the Iconic Vickers VC10

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the iconic Vickers VC10 took off on its maiden flight from Brooklands Airfield, Surrey at 17:25 GMT in 1962.  The prototype – G-ARTA – took 19 minute to fly to nearby Wisley where extensive further testing and cabin fitting was carried out.     At the time, Vickers engineers were […]

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