1988 in aviation

1988 in aviation

in?=in aviation
cp=19th Century
c=20th century
cf=21st century

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

* 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

* 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 258 persons. Libyan terrorists are blamed for the tragedy.

First flights

* 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

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