Aviation in 2002
After a number of years
of secrecy, the American plane maker Boeing reveals its
Bird of Prey stealth technology demonstrator, which has
conducted a number of flights during the period 1996 to
1999. The company also completes the first flight of its
X45A unmanned combat vehicle (UCAV) from NASA Dryden
Flight Centre at Edwards Air Force Base in California. On
the air transport side of operations, the company
announces proposals for two new projects, the Boeing
Sonic Cruiser (which it later cancels and replaces with
the super-efficient 7E7) and its high capacity long range
cargo aircraft concept dubbed 'Pelican', or ultra-large
transport aircraft (ULTRA).
ministers approved the creation of the Galileo satellite
navigation system to ensure technical independence from
the dominant US Global Positioning System (GPS).
A depression in North
American commercial aviation begins in the aftermath of
economic recession and the September 11 attacks.
Ansett (Mark II) permanently ceases operations.
Swiss International Air Lines begins operations, taking
over many routes from bankrupt Swissair.
Vanguard Airlines ceases operations. The next day it
files for reorganization under Chapter 11 of US
Midway Airlines suspends operations.
US Airways files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Midway Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Boeing reveals its Bird of Prey stealth technology
demonstrator, which has conducted a number of flights
during the period 1996 to 1999.
National Airlines, already operating under Chapter 11
bankruptcy, permanently ceases operations.
American Airlines and British Airways announce plans to
code-share some transatlantic flights, but the
partnership is heavily restricted by US regulators.
United Airlines files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the
largest airline bankruptcy in US history.
Airbus A340-600 with Virgin Atlantic Airways
HAL Dhruv with the Indian Coast Guard