1988 in Aviation History

1988 in Aviation - Picture

1988 in Aviation Information

1988 in aviation

This is a list of aviation-related events from 1988:



January 26 - the French defence ministry approves full-scale development of the Dassault Rafale
January 30 - a Boeing 747 sets a new around-the-world record of 36 hours 54 minutes


Spanair commenced operations.


April 8 - Pacific Southwest Airlines shut down operations and was integrated to USAir (now US Airways).
April 23 - Kanellos Kanellopoulos recreates the mythical flight of Daedalus by flying a pedal-powered aircraft, the MIT Daedalus from Crete to Santorini, covering the 119 km (74 miles) in 3 hours 54 minutes
April 28 - Aloha Airlines Flight 243 suffers an explosive decompression in flight, with the roof blowing off from the cockpit to just in front of the wings. All 90 passengers and four of the five crew survived.


May 10 - Airbus A300's are delivered to American Airlines and they enter service with American Airlines.
May 23 - Shamu One, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 painted like and named after a SeaWorld whale, begins flying for the airline.
May 24 - British Airways takes over British Caledonian


June 26 - An Air France Airbus A320 on a low-and-slow demonstration flight at an airshow at Mulhouse-Habsheim crashes and kills three passengers.


July 3 - USS Vincennes allegedly mistakes an Iran Air Airbus A300 airliner (flight 655) for a hostile military plane, shooting it down and killing all 290 people on board.
July 8-13 - 11-year old Chris Marshall flies a Mooney M20 from San Diego to Paris


August 28 - an accident by a Frecce Tricolori pilot at an airshow at Ramstein Airbase kills 33 people.


October 12 - a Bar Harbor Airlines ATR-42 misses Air Force One by less than 1,000 feet


November 10 - the US Air Force publicly unveils the F-117 Nighthawk


December 21 - Pan Am flight 103, a Boeing 747 flying from London to New York City, and carrying many passengers back home for Christmas, explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 on board and eleven on the ground. Libyan terrorists are blamed for the tragedy.

First flights


February 19 - Boeing 737-400


April 21 - Boeing 747-400


June 14 - Schweizer 330
June 28 - Sukhoi Su-35


July 12 - Scaled Composites/Beechcraft Model 143 Triumph, also first flight of the Williams International FJ44 turbofan engine.
July 14 - Socata TBM700


October 15 - Eurocopter EC 135
October 27 - ATR-72


December 9 - JAS 39 Gripen

Entered service


April 29 - Airbus A320 with British Airways

1988 in Aviation Pictures

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Source: WikiPedia

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