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Women in aviation

  The United States Air Force’s first African American female fighter pilot Women have been involved in aviation from the beginnings of both lighter-than air travel and as airplanes, helicopters and space travel were developed. Women pilots were also called “aviatrices” (singular: “aviatrix”). Women have been flying powered aircraft since 1908, however most, prior to…

Complacency / Uncontrollable Fire

COMPLACENCY Pk 705, 19/5/1965; AP-AMH, B720-047B Time is UTC; Cairo is UTC + 2 AP-AMH Pk 705 departed Karachi at 1800 on May 19 for Dhahran, and from there onwards to Cairo at 2122. Approaching Cairo at 2340, the aircraft was cleared for a left-hand visual circuit to Runway 34. The crew reported turning final…

Clipper One Zero Three

 Pan Am Flight 103   Bombing Date: 21 December 1988 Summary: In-flight breakup due to terrorist bombing Site: Lockerbie, Scotland Coordinates: N55°06′56″; W003°21′31″W Total fatalities: 270 Aircraft Type/Registration: Boeing 747–121 (Clipper Maid of the Seas); N739PA Operator: Pan American World Airways Call sign: Clipper 103 (Clipper one zero three) Flight origin: Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt, West…

Twenty-first Century Developments (1988-2017)

The driving factors of the most recent airliner developments have been communications and cockpit technologies, structural techniques and materials and, perhaps most importantly, the vital necessity to reduce fuel burn and minimize the environmental impact of air travel. Airbus and Boeing followed very different strategies for their new airliner development plans, initially addressing different markets,…