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…

Captain Arthur Roy Brown

After helping to kill the Red Baron 100 years ago, a Canadian hero finally gets his due While there’s some debate over who dealt the final blow to the infamous First World War ace, Canadian fighter pilot Arthur Roy Brown is being recognized for his service and legacy. Canada’s most fascinating military relic stands sentinel…

The Boulton Paul Defiant

  The 1930s were an age of aeronautical experimentation. All around the world air forces were trying new and fascinating designs, searching for the perfect combination of deadly force, ease of use, and affordability. During this period the Supermarine Spitfire, Messerschmitt BF-109, and Mitsubishi A6M- Zero were all developed. But at Boulton Paul Aircraft, a…

Group Captain Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire

  Baron Cheshire VC, OM, DSO & Two Bars, DFC ; 7 September 1917 – 31 July 1992, was a highly decorated World War II Royal Air Force pilot and philanthropist. Early Life Leonard Cheshire was the son of Geoffrey Chevalier Cheshire, a barrister, academic and influential writer on English law. He had one brother, Christopher Cheshire, also a wartime pilot. Cheshire was born in Chester, but was…