AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

16 April 1969

First flight of Let L 410 Turbolet. The L 410 aircraft was developed in the 1960s, being a response to a then emerging need in the USSR for a modern, lightweight, turboprop-powered short-range passenger and […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

9 April 1997

The F-22 fighter aircraft was unveiled during an official roll out ceremony at Marietta, Georgia. The roots of an Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) programme go back to 1981. At that time, the USAF issued an […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

2 April 1937

Svenska Aeroplan AktieBolag (SAAB) company is founded. ´Our country should manufacture its own weapons as much as possible. We have good shipyards and armouries but we have no production in the country for warplanes.´ These […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

26 March 1931

Schweizerische Luftverkehr-AG / S.A. Suisse pour la Navigation Aérienne, an airline commonly known as Swissair, was formed. On 26th March 1931, two Swiss airlines – Ad Astra Aero (founded in 1919) and Balair (founded in […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

12 March 1938

Maiden flight of PZL.44 Wicher (English: Gale), a prototype of Polish two-engine airliner. The inter-war years were a period when aviation truly boomed all over the world. Especially in the 1930s, the popularity of air […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

26 February 1937

First flight of Fiat G.50 Freccia (English: Arrow), an Italian fighter aircraft. The Fiat G.50 Freccia was created to meet the demand of Regia Aeronautica (the Italian Air Force) for a modern interceptor aircraft. In […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

12 February 1914

The second prototype of ´Ilya Muromets´ performed a demonstration flight with 16 passengers, setting a new world record for number of passengers carried. Although Igor Sikorsky is usually associated with helicopter industry and known as […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

5 February 1960

Maiden flight of PZL TS-11 ´Iskra´, a Polish jet trainer aircraft. The idea of creating a jet-powered trainer for the Polish Air Force was born in the middle of 1950s, upon the introduction of jet […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

29 January 2010

Maiden flight of Sukhoi PAK FA prototype, the aircraft also known as Sukhoi T-50 (company designation) and then as Su-57 (NATO reporting name: Felon, although unconfirmed). The roots of a Russian new generation fighter programme […]