Aviation in 1982
A Gulfstream III, owned by the United States National
Distillers and Chemical Corporation, circumnavigates the
globe in 47 hours 39 minutes, breaking three world records
and setting ten new ones.
The first of an initial batch of forty General Dynamics F16s
is handed over to the Egyptian Air Force.
The first fully automatic landing of a McDonnell Douglas F18
Hornet is made at the Naval Air Test Centre at Patuxent River
in Maryland. The system links the aircraft's autopilot to a
ground radar, meaning the pilot need make no inputs.
The Cessna Aircraft Company delivers its 1,000th business
jet, a Citation II.
The Sikorsky company uses an S76II to set twelve new
helicopter class records.
The first Airbus A310 is completed at Toulouse. The aircraft
is destined for service with Swissair.
The Australian government confirms the purchase of HMS
Invincible from the Royal Navy.
The 35th anniversary of the start of Beech Bonanza by the
Beech Aircraft Corporation. Almost 15,000 aircraft have been
sold in this period, two-thirds of these being the V-tailed
Funding is approved for the Hughes AH64A Apache attack
The first SEPECAT Jaguar, built by Hindustan Aeronautics for
the Indian Air Force, makes its first flight.
Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
The first production Airbus A310 makes a successful first
Pilatus Britten-Norman delivers its 1,000th Islander/Trislander
The airline Braniff International collapses due to the
recession in the United States.
Soyuz T5 is launched from Baikonur with two cosmonauts and
successfully links up with the Salyut 7 orbiting laboratory.
A SOCATA TB10 Tobago makes its first flight after having its
Avco Lycoming engine converted to run on liquid petroleum gas
The crew of Salyut 7 place an amateur radio satellite into
earth orbit. This is believed to be the first launch of a
satellite from a space station.
Boeing Vertol delivers the first production CH47D to the
United States Army.
Argentine aircraft attack British landing ships at Bluff
Cove, killing fifty British soldiers with eleven Argentine
aircraft are shot down.
Denmark integrates its three armed services, although each
will retain a separate identity.
The first 112 Panavia Tornados for the Federal German
Marineflieger are delivered.
Free Enterprise, designed to fly around the world non-stop
and without refuelling, crashes on a test flight, killing its
pilot Tom Jewett.
Japan unveils plans to purchase over 500 new aircraft as part
of a £35 billion defence review.
Mexico's main airline Compania Mexicana de Aviacion is
Australian Dick Smith begins the first solo helicopter flight
around the world.
Boeing delivers the first Model 767-200 for commercial use to
H. Ross Perot Jr. and J.W. Coburn complete the first
round-the-world helicopter flight in a Bell Model 206L
LongRanger II named 'The Spirit of Texas'. Together they
cover a distance of 41,850 kilometres (26,000 miles).
The first General Dynamics F16 fighters for the Pakistan Air
Force are delivered.
Air France terminates its Concorde service to Washington, but
maintains flights to New York.
Pan American World Airways (Pan-Am) inaugurate a service from
Los Angeles to Sydney. Using Boeing 747SPs to cover the
12,049 kilometres (7,487 miles), it is thought to be the
world's longest non-stop commercial service.
Suburban Airlines of Pennsylvania introduces the Shorts 360
into commercial airline service.
The first British Aerospace (BAe) Jetstream 31 airliner for
commercial use is delivered to Contactair of Stuttgart.