Forty years ago, late in the afternoon of May 4, 1963, the first Falcon business jet–then known as the Mystère 20 and powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney JT12A-8 turbojets–took to the air for the first time at Bordeaux-Merignac Airport in southwest France.
The next time you’re crossing the Atlantic in the stratosphere with the luxury of a glass panel, precision navigation and reliable jet power (not to mention a galley and a lav), tip your hat to Charles Lindbergh. It was 80 years ago, on May 21, 1927, when the Lone Eagle set down his Ryan monoplane at Le Bourget in Paris after flying solo across the Atlantic for more than 33 hours.
Aviation safety pioneer Jerome “Jerry” Lederer died February 6 at the age of 101 in Laguna Hills, Calif., of congestive heart failure. His lifelong dedication to preventing accidents made travel safer for everyone who flies aboard civilian aircraft.
The Million Air press conference yesterday was filled with announcements of new locations and executives for the FBO and franchise service provider.
Most important to the company was news that a corporate-owned FBO is now operational at Paris Le Bourget Airport, marking the first entrance of Million Air onto the European stage.
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