HISTORY OF THE AVIATION IN COSTA RICA
In early 1912, entering the country via Puerto Limon, the first plane. This came unarmed and became the first aircraft in the skies of our Central America.
The pilot Jesse Seligman, would be the first pilot to fly in Costa Rica, he traveled about 7 miles flying a Bleriot airplane in Llano Grande Mata de Plátano. Seligman gives the first air shows in Costa Rica and charged ¢ 1,500 to each passenger.
Jesse Seligman and his plane Blériot
In 1915, Tobias Bolanos from Heredia Province becomes the first pilot in Costa Rica. It was part of the French army. The current Pavas Airport, opened in 1975 as International Airport, named after him.
At the end of 1920 came in two new planes Ansaldo, the pilots Joseph Villa and Luis Venditti. Tried in 1921 to make the first international flight to Managua, because of weather conditions could not do it. They ended up landing back in Limon, after many setbacks.
In February 1928, the aviator Charles Lindbergh, first to fly nonstop across the Atlantic, arrives in Costa Rica, aboard his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
The first commercial flight passenger was given on December 29, 1928, was made by the U.S. Pan American with a Sircosky type aircraft, which landed in La Sabana.
In 1929 authorizing Pan American to fly into the country from the U.S. and Panama, specifically the Canal Zone.
However, the country did not have the necessary infrastructure to accommodate flights and ships, nor with the necessary legislation to that effect, so that, in 1929, created the Dirección General de Aviación Civil, which is responsible from then everything related to air traffic in the country.
On April 12, 1931, The President Cleto González Viquez, inaugurated the first international airport in Lindora in Santa Ana, with the arrival of a Ford Trimotor Pan American.
By March 1932 began to operate Empresa Nacional de transporte Aéreo (E.N.T.A), first Costa Rican airline, founded by CN Shelton and Bob Forsblade, which transported people and cargo to Limon, San Isidro del General, Puntarenas and Liberia.
Román Macaya In 1933, aboard a Curtiss Robin aircraft, christened “El Espiritut Tico”, performed with his partner Paul McCarthy, the first flight from San Francisco, California to Costa Rica, where he arrived on 06 October of that same year.
Macaya founded a company in 1934 the National Airways, which conducted domestic flights.
On June 20, 1937, the first major accident occurs aviation in the country, when the TI-3 Curtiss Travelair of ENTA, crashed into the Cerro las Vueltas. Die the pilot and five passengers. The remains were found in 1941.
On April 7, 1940, was officially opened on the Sabana International Airport.
On October 16, 1945, establishing the company Lineas Aereas Costarricenses S.A. (LACSA) with contributions from the State, Pan American and other private partners. But it will be until 1948, the company obtained permits for international flights, to be given the clearance to fly as the National flag carrier. Began operations in 1946 with three DC-3 airplanes.
On 26 November 1946, LACSA suffered its first crash, when a DC-3 RX-76, leased to COPA, it crashed into the Cerro la Catedral in Santa Ana, died its 20 passengers and two pilots.
In 1949, KLM flying to Europe from La Sabana with DC-3 aircraft.
In October 1949, published in the Gaseta (Official News Paper), which is considered the first Civil Aviation Law of national character, which defines everything about the air and creates the Dirección General de Aviación Civil.
For the 50s, are obvious deficiencies of the Sabana Airport and air traffic begins to show a marked increase, forcing the government to seek solutions to build a new airport.
Opened on March 2, 1958, as El Coco Airport, received large aircraft with DC-6 and Convair 340.
In 1971, El Coco is renamed “Juan Santamaria International Airport”, after the country’s national hero
Other important facts about aviation in Costa Rica:
In 1994 landed at Juan Santamaría an Antonov 124-100, commanded by Cap. Chliajov Valeri. Registration UR-82029 Russlan the airline. The world’s largest plane at the time.
On May 7, 1997, came the Boeing 747 Air Force One of the United States, bringing to President Bill Clinton on an official visit to Costa Rica.
By January 1999, there is the arrival of the Air France Concorde, the supersonic airliner world’s fastest, on a special flight.
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