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TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Lauda Air

Following his first retirement from Formula One, Austrian driver Niki Lauda quickly realized his desire to start his own airline. The ex-Ferrari driver had taken up flying during the 1970s and was a pilot of a private jet. Lauda’s passion for flying led him to create Lauda Air in 1979, a charter and air taxi company based in Vienna, Austria. The airline’s plans were stalled when Lauda returned to Formula One for three seasons in 1983 at McLaren. After his…