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This day in history - October 2nd

We head right back to 1966 to start of todays this day in history and it's for the first flight of the Grumman Gulfstream G2.

Shortly after that in 1969 we witness the introduction of the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod. A maritime reconnaissance aircraft based on the de Havilland Comet.

Quite a big jump in time to 2001 and to an airline once having the odd nickname of the ‘Flying Bank’ given its previous financial stability.

Swissair is grounded when it became insolvent due to what is thought to be bad investments exacerbated by the downturn in traffic following the September 11th attacks. Swiss (formally Crossair) went on to take the majority of its routes and aircraft and therefore becoming the defacto flag carrier

In 2009 Serbian airline Jat Airways is back in business, resuming flights following the resolution of a dispute with a maintenance company.

In the same year a Malaysian Airline Boeing 737-4H6, (9M-MMR) was substantially damaged at Kuching International Airport when the port main undercarriage failed while the aircraft is parked on stand.

2017 is the ‘British’ year with Thomson Airways officially changing its legal name to TUI Airways, presumably for brand continuity across the various countries in which TUI operates. This being the bonus event just for blog readers.

On a sadder note on the very same day Monarch Airlines ceased all operations after over 50 years in the skies.

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A year later Primera Air had to cease operations.

A further year later in 2019, freight operator CargoLogic Germany received its operator certificate. However following the Russian invasion of Ukraine the aircraft were subsequently banned from European airspace as the owner was Russia’s Alexey Isaikin who also founded Volga Dnepr.


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