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…

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…

Britain at Bay

When Prime Minister Chamberlain’s ultimatum to Germany expired on 3 September 1939, World War II found the home-based Royal Air Force established with a strength of: 55 Bomber Squadrons with Bristol Blenheim IVs Vickers Wellington Is and IAs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley IIIs and IVs Handley Page Hampdens 35 fighter squadrons with   Hawker Hurricanes Supermarine…