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The Bombardier Model CL.600-2B16 (or CL-604) Challenger is a twin-engine executive jet aircraft for 2 crewmembers and up to 19 passengers. Development of the CL-600 Challenger family started in 1974, when Bill Lear designed the LearStar 600, a 12-place business jet. Canadair bought the manufacturing rights in 1976, and renamed the design Canadair CL-600 Challenger. The first prototype of the airplane flew on 8 November 1978. The second and third prototypes flew in March and July 1979. On 3 April 1980, a test flight with the first prototype above the Mojave Desert ended in a disaster, with the airplane crashing due to a deep stall. In August 1980, certification was granted with temporary restrictions. Deliveries of the CL-600, powered by two Lycoming ALF-502L turbofans started in 1981. The design was developed further and on 10 April 1982 the Challenger 601, a refined version with more powerful General Electric CF-34 engines and winglets, made its maiden flight. In 1983, the CL-601 replaced the CL-600 in production. In 1986 Bombardier Aerospace bought Canadair. The Bombardier Challenger became a family of business jets. A number of models entered production including in 1989 the CL-600-2B16 or Challenger 604 powered by CF-34-3B engines. First flight with this engines was on 17 March 1995, with Transport Canada certification granted that September. First delivery was in January 1996.

The 1999-built Bombardier Model CL.600-2B16 Challenger 604 s/n 5430 was registered N604MA with Bombardier Aerospace Corp., Dallas, Texas, USA, on 20 October 1999. The next day the aircraft was registered C-GFOE in Canada with Bombardier Inc., Montreal, Quebec. On 22 October 1999, registration N604MA was cancelled as exported to Canada. Registration C-GFOE was cancelled as exported to Denmark on 12 April 20003. The Bombardier Model CL.600-2B15 Challenger was registered OY-MMM with Maersk Air. On 23 March 2006, Bombardier Challenger OY-MMM was registered with A/S Maersk Aviation Holding, Copenhagen. On 2 March 2010, Bombardier OY-MMM came in Groningen Airport Eelde in The Netherlands and flew back to Copenhagen the next day.

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