Simple Flying


This year marks 120 years since the Wright Brothers' 1st flight, and an awful lot has happened in those years. On this page, you can find thousands of stories looking at the history of the industry.


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Dazzling: 5 Colorful US Airline Liveries From Years Gone By

Liveries can make an aircraft stand out on the ramp, or blend in with the rest.

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What Happened To NokScoot Airlines?

The story of a young carrier that became an industry casualty of the Covid pandemic.

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Throwback: David Bowie's Unlikely Heroics Aboard A Private Jet

David Bowie once carried Peter Frampton off a private jet during an emergency evacuation.

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What Happened To All-Business US Airline MAXjet Airways?

The Washington D.C.-based carrier operated for just two years before it went bust.

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Why Did Delta Air Lines Take On The Boeing 757?

The 'flying pencil' remains an important aircraft type for the US legacy carrier today.

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What Happened To Singaporean Low-Cost Carrier Valuair?

All about Southeast Asia's long-forgotten airline.

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5 Dates That Have Defined Aviation History

Looking back at five events that changed aviation.

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How A TWA Boeing 727 Landed After Being Bombed In 1986

The pilot had to act quickly following the shock.

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History: Why Did Continental & United Airlines Agree To Merge?

Mergers were seen as a way to grow the network and save money.

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Scotland's Airline: A Brief History Of Loganair

The carrier has now been active for six decades.

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Why Did Delta Air Lines Take On The Douglas DC-4?

The airline was one of several major carriers to operate the four-engine piston plane in the mid-20th century.

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Does Anyone Remember Britannia Airways?

The charter airline served British holidaymakers for over four decades.

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Why SAS Is The Flag Carrier Of 3 Countries

The airline has close ties to the region of Scandinavia as a whole.

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From 2 Routes To European Giant: A Short History Of easyJet

Looking back at the UK LCC's journey.

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Rome Ciampino: The Story Of Italy's Oldest Airport

Not only is Rome one of the world's oldest cities, but it is also the home of Italy's oldest airport.

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United Airlines Flight 173: A Cabin Crew Perspective

The accident should never have happened, but it did help to shape CRM training.

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The History Of Transavia - KLM's Low Cost Subsidiary

Looking at how Transavia has evolved over the years.

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HARS Museum Lines Up Vietnam War Aircraft For Next Tarmac Day

The HARS Museum in New South Wales is paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the end of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Ryanair's Turboprop Days: When And Why The Airline Flew Them

Did you know that Ryanair hasn't always been an all-jet carrier?

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The 10 Deadliest Accidents Involving US Military Aircraft

Unfortunately, there have been several aviation-based incidents in the extensive history of the United States armed forces.