1. Refers to Air Canada Boeing
767 C-GAUN (c/n 22520), which on July 23, 1983 ran out of fuel over Northern Ontario
, and glided to a landing at an abandoned airfield in Gimli
. At the time, this was the first ever dead-stick landing of a jet airliner. The aircraft was subsequently recovered from Gimli and flew for Air Canada for another 25 years before being finally retired in January 2008.
2. Subsequently, the term 'Gimli glider' has become Canadian slang for a particularly glaring screw-up.
1. Hopefully, the Gimli glider will end up in a museum.
2. You just pulled a real Gimli Glider back there.