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…

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,…