The Year of '86

The years aircraft: The Dassault Rafale

January 9 – The United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Heseltine, resigns amidst a political furore over the future of Westland Helicopters. Two weeks later, Leon Brittan, the Trade and Industry Secretary, also will resign.

February 6 – Last flight of the Airlink helicopter shuttle service between London Gatwick and London Heathrow Airports

October 21 – British Airways is offered for public sale by the British government.