Heavier than Air 1934 to 1977 Facts, Feats and Records (Civil)

Facts, Feats and Records 1934 to 1977 1934 8-9 August: First non-stop flight from Canada to Britain by J.R. Ayling and L.G. Reid, from Wasaga Beach, Ontario to Heston. 20 October: Start of the MacRobertson Air Race from England to Australia. 22 October-4 November: First flight from Australia to the United States. 8 December: Inauguration…

The Bouncing Bomb

The inspiration for the bouncing bomb, which some say is more legend than truth, came on the backyard patio at the Wallises’ Effingham home in the spring of 1942. Easter vacations brought the entire Wallis family together – Barnes and Molly and their four children, as well as their two adopted nephews. The gathering sparked…

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,…

Air France 447: Investigation, Search and Recovery

  Surface search Flight 447 was due to pass from Brazilian airspace into Senegalese airspace at approximately 0220 (UTC) on 1 June, and then into Cape Verdean airspace at approximately 0345. Shortly after 0400, when the flight had failed to contact air traffic control in either Senegal or Cape Verde, the controller in Senegal attempted…