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1987

Setting the scene for 1987

  • February 11– British Airways is privatised and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • February 23 – Supernova 1987A, the first "naked-eye" supernova since 1604, is observed.
  • March 6 – Zeebrugge Disaster: A cross-channel ferry capsizes outside the harbor off Zeebrugge, Belgium; 180 drown.
  • March 9 – The Irish rock band U2 releases their studio album The Joshua Tree.
  • March 24 – The Walt Disney Company signs the agreement to construct the 4,800 acres (19 km2) Euro Disney Resort.
  • April 13 – Portugal and the People's Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau will be returned to China in 1999.
  • April 19 – The Simpsons cartoon first appears as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.
  • May 9 – A Soviet-made Il-62 airliner, operated by LOT Polish Airlines, crashes near the Kabacki forest in Poland, killing all 183 people on board.
  • May 28 – Nineteen year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evades Soviet air defenses and lands a private plane on Red Square in Moscow. He is immediately detained (released on August 3, 1988).
  • June 11 – In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, is re-elected for a third term at the 1987 general election.
  • June 27 – A commercial HS 748 (Philippine Airlines Flight 206) crashes near Baguio City, Philippines, killing 50.
  • August 16 - Northwest Airlines Flight 255 (a McDonnell Douglas MD-82) crashes on takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan just West of Detroit killing all but one (4-year old Cecelia Cichan) of the 156 people on board.
  • August 17 – Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess is found dead in his cell in Spandau Prison.
  • August 31 – Michael Jackson releases his hit album Bad.
  • October 19– Black Monday: Stock market levels fall sharply on Wall Street and around the world.
  • October 22 – The pilot of a British Aerospace BAE Harrier GR5 registered ZD325 accidentally ejects his aircraft. The jet continues to fly until it runs out of fuel and crashes into the Irish Sea.[2]
  • November 17 – A tsunami hits the Gulf of Alaska.
  • November 25 – Category 5 Typhoon Nina smashes the Philippines with 165 miles per hour (266 km/h) winds and a devastating storm surge, causing destruction and 1,036 deaths.
  • November 28 – South African Airways Flight 295 crashes into the Indian ocean off Mauritius due to a fire in the cargo hold; the 159 passengers and crew perish.
  • November 29 – Korean Air Flight 858 is blown up over the Andaman Sea, killing 115 crew and passengers. North Korean agents are suspected.
  • December 1– Construction of the Channel Tunnel is initiated.
  • December 7 – Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 crashes near Paso Robles, California, killing all 43 on board, after a disgruntled passenger shoots his ex-supervisor on the flight, then shoots both pilots and himself.
  • December 8– Alianza Lima air disaster: A Peruvian Navy Fokker F27 crashes near Ventanilla, Peru, killing 43.
  • December 9– Microsoft releases Windows 2.0.
  • December 20 – In history's worst peacetime sea disaster, the passenger ferry MV Doña Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official).

1987 - Issue 1

  • Jeppesen charts the World!
  • IFATCA President visits Maastricht UAC
  • Adolphe
  • Delta Air Transport (DAT)
  • Ramstein Flight Operations
  • Airbus Letter
  • From Matcab...with love
  • EGATS Technical Committe
  • Flight Crew Interaction

1987 - Issue 2

  • Welcome on Board
  • IFATCA 1987 , Nairobi
  • The "Eagle" King of the Sky
  • Maastricht Airport News
  • New Kenya Integrated Air Traffic Control Radar System
  • The Airbus Letter
  • Airmiss: Punishment?
  • News from our Neighbours
  • The Third Aviation English Teaching Forum
  • Technical Committee
  • Kenya Calling

1987 - Issue 3

  • Editorial
  • Emergence of New Charterline
  • Listen - Read-Back - Comply
  • Future Systems
  • Danger Factors
  • The Joys of Parachuting
  • Airbus News
  • News from our Neighbours
  • The AS1OO
  • EGATS Technical Committee
  • "Revisions"

1987 - Issue 3

  • CONVEX 87
  • AIR 2000
  • UAC Maastricht gets the feminine touch
  • 'ERIKA Active'
  • Genius still not recognized
  • Out of Africa
  • The new VAC Main Computer Complex
  • Dutch Mil: 40 years of service
  • Secondary Cockpit Tasks