From biplanes to Concorde

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From biplanes to Concorde

#1 Post by Capetonian » Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:15 am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/trave ... ation.html

Some excellent photos in this one. Usual DM inaccuracies, for example :

"A BEA Viscount 800 receiving its passengers. The Viscount is the most successful British airliner ever to have been developed and it was in service from 1948 to 1964."
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Re: From biplanes to Concorde

#2 Post by unifoxos » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:22 am

If that "DM inaccuracy" is, as I suspect, a direct quote from the book, and representative of the book's veracity, I won't be putting it on my Christmas present list.
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Re: From biplanes to Concorde

#3 Post by Woody » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:43 am

Nice to see The Trident at Prestwick doing circuits and bumps, takes me back to my childhood, as they used to fly over our house at regular intervals, along with 747’s , VC 10’s and other types from the BA fleet, did any of our members do this?
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Re: From biplanes to Concorde

#4 Post by CremeEgg » Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:28 am

This members father. Brought me back to my childhood, or so I thought, with my father pounding the circuit at Prestwick in the Trident. Then I checked his log books and I find that he only ever visited Prestwick in the Trident when diverting from Glasgow as a result of fog or crosswinds. Apart from one BOAC charter. His log books revealing that he once had a nosewheel fall off whilst taxying in at Prestwick and on another occasion his First Officers window slid open on finals at about 200’. All his time training others in circuit bashing in the Trident was at Shannon.

Some years later he was bashing the Prestwick circuit being trained and later training others including Gulf Air pilots in the TriStar. BEA never had enough money to fit anything other than DME/VOR kit to their TrStars but Gulf Air were awash with cash so fitted their TriStars with INS. I never forget Dad coming home in complete amazement having flown Prestwick to Marrakesh and back and the INS telling him he was only a few hundred yards away from his actual position. He was in total awe that something could be that accurate.

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Re: From biplanes to Concorde

#5 Post by ExSp33db1rd » Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:32 pm

".........did any of our members do this?
Yes. 707 Command training. Circa 1974,

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Re: From biplanes to Concorde

#6 Post by om15 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:13 pm

The Tridents also did training at Nicosia, I remember being deafened when working up there in Dec 1973.
"Croydon to Concorde" by Capt RE Gilman (ISBN 0-7195-3741-X) is also an interesting read of aviation in this period, recommended,
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Re: From biplanes to Concorde

#7 Post by John Hill » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:48 am

The promenade deck on the Shorts flying boat must have been quite and experience.
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