The Year of '80

The years aircraft: The McDonnell Douglas MD-80

Summer 1980 – The British Aerospace Sea Harrier enters operational service with the Fleet Air Arm, providing the British Royal Navy with its first high-performance fixed-wing aircraft capability since the retirement of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal in December 1978

July 17  A Vickers Viscount of the charter airline Alidair lands safely in Devon, England, after suffering damage to all four engines.

November 1 – British Airways terminates Concorde services to Bahrain and Singapore.