America ruled commercial aviation, but then came Airbus

Cnet | May 29, 2019

America ruled commercial aviation, but then came Airbus
During the earliest days of the commercial jet age in the 1960s, the global aviationmarket was dominated by two American companies: Boeing and Douglas Aircraft (later McDonnell Douglas). Airliners like the Boeing 707 and the Douglas DC-8rocketed between continents, making the world smaller and allowing people to fly who had never done so before. But as the decade closed, just as the massive Boeing 747 first took to the skies, Europe wanted in. Though France, the UK and the Netherlands were building their own jets like the elegant Caravelle and the mighty VC-10, most European airliners were still buying American planes.Realizing that they needed to combine resources if they were to compete, several British, French and German companies, including the two firms that built the Concorde, formed Airbus 50 years ago Wednesday, May 29. And almost five years later on May 23, 1974, its first aircraft, the Airbus A300, entered service with Air France.

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The Chicago-to-Hartford flight made an emergency landing after at least three passengers felt faint, passed out.