March 28 in aviation: the first passenger flight in the world, Boeing 737 becomes the best-selling aircraft in the world.
On March 28, 1908, Leon Delagrange made the first passenger flight aboard his Voisin biplane, departing from Issy-les-Moulieaux. Henri Farman was on board the aircraft.
Other aviation events on March 28.
United Air Lines received the first Convair CV-340 aircraft.
On March 28, 1952, the first Convair CV-340 aircraft entered the operational service of United Air Lines.
The first flight of the Canadair CP-107 Argus.
On March 28, 1957, the first flight of the Canadair CP-107 Argus took place. Canadair CP-107 Argus (company name CL-28) was a maritime patrol aircraft designed and manufactured by Canadair for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). In his early years, Argus was the best anti-submarine patrol bomber in the world. Argus served throughout the Cold War in the RCAF Maritime Air Command and later in the Canadian Air Force Maritime and Air Command.
ČSA Flight 511 crashed in West Germany.
On March 28, 1961, ČSA (Czech Airlines) Flight 511, an Ilyushin Il-18, crashed in Gräfenberg, West Germany. All 52 passengers and crew were killed.
A German commission of inquiry said the main cause of the accident was pilot error or autopilot failure. Soviet investigators denied the conclusion and said the crash was caused by an explosion near the tail of the plane.
The first British Aerospace Jetstream flight.
On March 28, 1980, the first British Aerospace Jetstream flight took place. British Aerospace Jetstream was a twin-engine aircraft with a pressurized fuselage, previously developed as the Jetstream 31 by Handley Page Jetstream.
Learjet delivered the 1000th aircraft.
On March 28, 1980, the 1.000th Learjet aircraft was delivered.
Learjet was a Canadian, American aerospace manufacturer of business aircraft for civilian and military use based in Wichita, Kansas. Founded in the late 1950s by William Powell Lear as the Swiss American Aviation Corporation, it was a subsidiary of Canadian Bombardier Aerospace since 1990, which operated as the "Bombardier Learjet Family." In February 2021, Bombardier announced the end of production for Learjet aircraft, with continued assistance and maintenance for aircraft currently in service.
Garuda Indonesia Flight 206 was hijacked by Komando Jihad.
On March 28, 1981, Garuda Indonesia Flight 206, a Douglas DC-9, was hijacked by Komando Jihad. The pilot was killed by terrorists, but all passengers survived.
Garuda Indonesia Flight 206 was hijacked on March 28, 1981, by the Komando Jihad in Indonesia. The McDonnell Douglas DC-9 PK-GNJ was hijacked during a domestic flight, and the plane was forced to land at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. The terrorists demanded the release of their compatriots from Indonesian prisons and issued other demands. Three days later, the aircraft was attacked by Indonesian special forces. In the ensuing exchange of fire, the pilot, one of Kopassus' agents and three air pirates were killed, while all passengers were rescued.
The Boeing 737 became the best-selling aircraft in the world.
On March 28, 1990, the Boeing 737 became the best-selling aircraft in the world when United Airlines accepted delivery with the number 1.832. On March 13, 2018, Boeing has entered the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS with the 10000th Boeing 737 delivered. It is a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which arrived in the Southwest Airlines fleet.