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PICTURES: Four decades of the Challenger 600 series

This year's NBAA in Orlando occurs on the eve of the Challenger 600's 40th anniversary. This photo montage celebrates the Canadair and Bombardier business jet's first four decades, which began with its maiden flight on 8 November 1978. For all the latest NBAA coverage check out our dedicated event page

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DISTRIBUTOR: TAG was an early partner, securing Middle East sales

Stan Kingsley-Jones

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MILITARY: Canadian Forces took original 600 variant

Canadian Air Force

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EXTENDED: Challenger 610E was false start but led to CRJ series


FlightGlobal archive

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ENGINE: 601 launch with CF34 power triggered sales boom

FlightGlobal archive

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500 UP: Key milestone was reached in May 2000 with 601

FlightGlobal archive

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CIVIL SERVICE: 601 resplendent in Thai Airways colours in 1990s

FlightGlobal archive

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POPULAR: 604 arrived in 1995 and has been the biggest seller so far

Bombardier

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CABIN FEVER: Interior space and comfort has evolved greatly

Duncan Aviation

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UPGRADE: 605 brought more improvements from 2007

Bombardier

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AMBULANCE: Swiss Air Rescue Rega flies latest and greatest 650

FlightGlobal archive

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COVER STAR: Brochures and Flight editions from 1970s and 1980s

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CONTROL ROOM: Cockpit has gradually evolved with early EFIS (left) succeeded by Pro Line 4, and advanced Pro Line 21 arriving with 605 (right)

FlightGlobal archive/JetsUSA

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