HISTORY & INNOVATIONS
Throughout its history, Bombardier Business Aircraft has consistently responded to challenges and opportunities with tireless innovation, daring creativity and entrepreneurial gusto. Our proven ability to absorb, improve and generate new technologies, processes and management philosophies has long fuelled our competitiveness and growth.
William (Bill) P. Lear is born in Hannibal, Missouri.
Orville and Wilbur Wright achieve first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC.
Orville and Wilbur Wright fly the aircraft Flyer II for several minutes at Hoffman Prairie, IA.
The Wright brothers fly the Wright Flyer III for the first time. It is the first fully controllable and practical version of the original 1903 Wright Flyer.
Santos-Dumont performs his first flight in front of a public audience.
Joseph-Armand Bombardier is born in Valcourt, Québec.
At Fort Myers, Orville Wright becomes the first man to stay airborne for longer than an hour.
After performing a series of record-breaking flights, Wilbur Wright succeeds in staying airborn for more than one hour with a passenger onboard.
Short Brothers, the first aircraft manufacturing company in the world, is created. The Wright Brothers give the new company the British rights to build the Wright Flyer. An initial order for six aircraft is placed.
Orville Wright sets new US record, staying in the air 1 hour, 20 minutes, 25 seconds.
Two months later, he soars to an unprecedented height of over 1,600 feet.
French aviator, Louis Blériot, lands at Dover, becoming the first person to successfully fly across the English channel.
Pierre Prier completes first non-stop flight from London to Paris.
Harriet Quimby is the first woman to obtain a pilot's license issued by the Aero Club of America.
French aviator, Roland Garros, reaches record altitude of 13,200 feet.
First all-metal plane is completed by Hugo Junkers.
de Havilland Aircraft Company, a British aviation manufacturer, is founded.
15-year old Joseph-Armand Bombardier creates his first snow vehicle.
Joseph-Armand Bombardier opens a garage in Valcourt, Québec: the Garage Bombardier.
Amelia Earhart of Atchison, Kansas, is the first woman to successfully cross the Atlantic. The 29-year-old flew a multi-engine Fokker, from Boston to South Wales, in 22 hours.
Wichita: First flight of the Learjet, the first mass produced business jet.
Joseph-Armand Bombardier dies at the age of 56.
The Learjet 23 aircraft type certificate is awarded.
The Learjet 23 establishes three world speed records, Los Angeles to New York and back, in 10 hours, 21 minutes, with two refueling stops.
Laurent Beaudoin is named president of L'Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitée at age 27.
L'Auto-Neige Bombardier changes its name to Bombardier Limitée.
The Learjet 25 sets a time-to-climb record: 6 minutes, 19 seconds to reach 40,000 feet.
Bombardier stocks, valued at $32 million, are listed on the Montréal and Toronto Stock Exchanges.
FAA approves the Learjet aircraft for operations from gravel runways, a business jet first.
First flight of the Learjet prototype Model 35 which can carry up to eight passengers.
Delivery of the 500th Learjet aircraft, a Learjet 24D model, to the Mexican navy.
Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for an all-new 75,600 square-foot facility in Tucson to increase manufacturing and service for the Learjet family of aircraft.
American professional golfer Arnold Palmer uses a Learjet 36 aircraft to establish a new round-the-world record travelling 22,894 miles (36990 km) in a 48 hours, 48 minutes flight time (57 hours, 26 minutes total).
The FAA certifies operation of Learjet aircraft to 51,000 feet, the highest in civil aviation. The supersonic Concorde is the only other civilian aircraft certified for such an altitude.
First flight of the Challenger 600 business jet designed by Bill Lear and manufactured by Canadair. It is a major technological advancement with its wide fuselage, advanced technology airfoil, high-bypass fan-jet engines and sophisticated electronic systems.
The FAA certifies the Learjet 28/29 series, the world's first production airplane with winglets.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong and test pilot Pete Reynolds fly the Learjet Longhorn 28 to 15,000 meters (50,000 feet) in 12 minutes, 26 seconds, establishing five world records.
Maiden flight of the Learjet 55 aircraft, the company's first medium sized jet.
Challenger 600 business jet flight training starts at the Flightsafety Canada Learning Centre in Montréal, and technical training begins at the Canadair plant.
The 1,000th Learjet aircraft is delivered to the Eaton Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio.
Hartford facility begins operations as a Challenger aircraft maintenance site.
The Learjet 55LR aircraft sets a world speed record by flying from Los Angeles to Paris in 12 hours, 37 minutes with one refueling stop.
Initial flight of the Dash-8 Series 100, short-haul aircraft, leads the way in the development of a new generation turboprop regional airliners.
A Canadair Challenger 601 business jet arrives in London from Calgary, setting a world distance record for a business jet, at 4,364.2 miles (6,982 km).
The 1,500th Learjet aircraft is delivered.
Bombardier enters the aerospace industry, signing a letter of intent for the acquisition of Canadair from the Canadian government.
The Bombardier Board of Directors authorizes the advanced design and development of a regional jetliner, the Canadair Regional Jet.
The FAA certifies the Learjet 31 and 55C models, the first business aircraft to incorporate delta fins.
Bombardier signs the purchase agreement of Short Brothers from the government of Northern Ireland.
Bombardier acquires the assets of the Learjet Corporation, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas.
The Bombardier Flight Test Center is established in Wichita.
Inaugural flight of the Learjet 60, a midsize cabin, business jet with a range of 2,740 nautical miles (5,074 km).
Bombardier finalizes the purchase of Boeing's de Havilland Division, the equity of which is shared by Bombardier (51%) and the Province of Ontario (49%).
The Bombardier Aerospace Group inaugurates its new administrative centre.
Launch of the Bombardier Global Express program.
First flight of the Challenger 604 prototype, a major upgrade of the Challenger 601 design.
Bombardier starts to operate its Fort Lauderdale Service Center for Learjet and Challenger aircraft customers.
The Hartford facility begins offering factory-backed services to Learjet aircraft customers.
Bombardier launches the Flexjet fractional ownership program, an innovative private business jet solution for individuals and companies, based in Dallas, Texas.
Bombardier opens four simulator bay, state-of-the-art, business and regional aircraft training facilities in Montréal.
First flight of the Learjet 45 mid-sized business jet aircraft prototype, 32 years to the day after the first Learjet aircraft took flight.
First flight of the Bombardier Global Express ultra long-range corporate high speed jet aircraft.
Bombardier acquires the de Havilland shares held by the Ontario government.
A 98,000 square foot expansion of the Bombardier Flight Test Center is officially observed with a ceremony.
Bombardier Aerospace introduces Six Sigma training.
The 100th Learjet 60 aircraft sets a record between Pittsburgh and Paris, taking 8 hours, 1 minute to cover the distance of 3,452 nautical miles (6,394 km).
The 2,000th Learjet aircraft, a new Learjet 45 model, is delivered to Parker Hannifin Aerospace.
Bombardier's Dallas Service Center opens its doors at the Dallas Love Field airport
Pierre Beaudoin is appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier Aerospace.
First flight of Bombardier's Continental (later renamed Challenger 300) super-midsized transcontinental jet.
Launch of the light Learjet 40 and super light Learjet 45 XR aircraft.
Bombardier Aerospace launches the Customer Response Center in Montréal and Mirabel.
Bombardier Aerospace introduces the new Global Express XRS ultra long-range business aircraft.
Aviation celebrates 100 years of flight.
Bombardier relocates interior completions from Tucson, AZ, to the Learjet integrated manufacturing facility in Wichita, KS. The Challenger 300 aircraft is relocated to Dorval, Canada.
First flight of Global XRS.
First delivery of Global 5000.
Bombardier Aerospace opens a new spare parts depot in Chicago, IL, and Frankfurt, Germany.
Bombardier introduces three new corporate shuttle models: the Challenger 850, 870 and 890.
Bombardier Aerospace inaugurates its high-volume 238,000-square-foot (22,110 m2) aircraft parts distribution warehouse in Chicago.
Bombardier Aerospace announces the establishment of a manufacturing facility in Querétaro.
Challenger 605 program launch.
First delivery of Global XRS.
First delivery of Learjet 40 XR.
First flight of Challenger 605.
First delivery of Challenger 850.
First delivery of Challenger 605.
Global Express XRS sets a new speed record, flying non-stop from Mexico City to Paris in just ten hours (4,994 nm).
Challenger 300 business jet fleet surpasses 1 million hours of in-flight service.
Program launch of the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 business aircraft.
Program launch of the Challenger 350 business aircraft.
First flight of the Learjet 85 business aircraft.