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1988

  • February 13–February 28 – The 1988 Winter Olympics are held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • March 16 - The Halabja poison gas attack is carried out by Iraqi government forces.
  • March 17 - A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into the side of the mountains near the Venezuelan border, killing 143.
  • April 28 – Aloha Flight 243 loses several yards of its upper fuselage while in flight, killing 1 person.
  • May 4 – PEPCON disaster in Henderson, Nevada: A major explosion at an industrial solid-fuel rocket plant causes damage extending up to 10 miles (16 km) away, including Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport.
  • May 15 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than 8 years of fighting, the Red Army begins withdrawing from Afghanistan.
  • May 27 – Microsoft releases Windows 2.1
  • June 14 – Eventually, over 750,000 acres (3,000 km2) of Yellowstone - 36% of the park's area - is destroyedby firefighters gain control in late September.
  • June 26 – Air France Flight 296 crashes into the tops of trees beyond the runway on a demonstration flight at Habsheim, France; three passengers are killed.
  • July 3 - Iran Air Flight 655 is shot down by a missile launched from the USS Vincennes.
  • July 6 - The Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea is destroyed by explosions and fires, killing 165 oil workers and 2 rescue mariners.
  • July 31 – Thirty-two people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.
  • August 17 – Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Arnold Raphel, are killed in a plane crash near Bhawalpur.
  • August 20 – The Iran–Iraq War ends, with an estimated one million lives lost.
  • August 26 – Mehran Karimi Nasseri, "The terminal man", is stuck in the De Gaulle Airport in Paris, where he will continue to reside until August 1, 2006.
  • August 28 – Seventy-five people are killed and 346 injured in one of the worst airshow disasters in history at Germany's Ramstein Air Base, when three jets from the Italian air demonstration team, Frecce Tricolori, collide, sending one of the aircraft crashing into the crowd of spectators.
  • September 12 – Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica; it turns towards Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula 2 days later, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage.
  • September 17–October 2 – The 1988 Summer Olympics are held in Seoul, South Korea.
  • September 29 – STS-26: NASA resumes space shuttle flights, grounded after the Challenger disaster, with Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • October 23 – Super Mario Bros. 3 is released in Japan.
  • November 8 – United States presidential election, 1988: George H. W. Bush is elected over Michael Dukakis.
  • November 15 - In the Soviet Union, the unmanned Shuttle Buran is launched by an Energia rocket on its maiden orbital spaceflight (the first and last space flight for the shuttle).
  • November 22 – In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
  • December 21 – Pan Am Flight 103 is blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing a total of 270 people. Those responsible are believed to be Libyans.
  • 1988 - Issue 1

    • Editorial
    • An airline's view of the ATC system of the future
    • Cyprus discovered
    • A visit to the Utah National Guard
    • Speakert s Corner
    • The new Copenhagen ACC
    • Seminar 2000 Luxemburg
    • Report on the annual NLTF meeting
    • EGATS Technical Committee
    • SEOUL, proud symbol of a dynamic nation
    • Captain Scott in Antarctica
    • News from our neighbours
    • Airbus news
    • ATR news

    1988 - Issue 2

    • President's Message
    • A quarter of a century later
    • Flying
    • Crystal Ball Presentation for Western Europe 2010
    • IFATCA '88
    • An Interview
    • Airbus News
    • Revisions
    • 1988 - Issue 3

    • An interview with Dr. H.J. von Villiez
    • FORUM INFO
    • Buying a Boeing
    • Military ATC and its special support function for OAT
    • Malta next to join Eurocontrol
    • Flying the B-17
    • A Lippe Radar veteran looks back
    • The 'COMPWAS' system

    1988 - Issue 4

    • EGATS PRESIDENT' S MESSAGE
    • EDITORIAL
    • EGATS VETERAN TED McCLUSKEY HONOURED BY IFATCA
    • FAREWELL BRUNO!
    • EUROPEAN ATC, TOO RESTRICTIVE?
    • FROM THE EGATS EXECUTIVE BOARD
    • WANTED, CALLSIGNS FREE OF CONFUSION!!!
    • TO FLY OR NOT TO FLY
    • EGATS TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
    • NEWS EROM OUR NEXGHBOURS