Bandeirante: Embraer’s first aircraft

The Bandeirante, as João Paulo Moralez relates, helped establish Embraer, which is now the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world.

The Cook Islands airline Air Rarotonga is one of the few remaining civil Bandeirante operators. The type provides passenger service and charter flights to the smaller islands of the South Pacific nation.
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In the 1960s Brazil’s major airlines were gradually replacing their piston-engined aircraft with more comfortable, faster and internally quieter pressurised jet aircraft. The Sud Aviation Caravelle, Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 707, among others, became the bywords of progress, technology and modernity, but the operation of these jets was complex.

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