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Brtain: The World Leader In Aviation  
User currently offlineEg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1836 posts, RR: 14
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4551 times:

We've got two of the best airlines in the world:


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who offer the best service available anywhere:


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We build the best wings.........


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......and the best engines in the world:


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(And we also had something to do with this, at one time)


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User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4515 times:

He he! Like the comment about the wings. I met two vacationing Air France A320 pilots who said the wings on their planes were perfect. Should have seen their faces when I said, "Of course, they´re British made!" All in good fun though, had to scull some wicked Brazilian booze for that comment. Don´t forget other little innovations like codeshares starting with Imperial Airways, commerical jet flight, introducing turbo-props and a competitive market place.

User currently offlineTinPusher007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 970 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4486 times:

Just remember that whole concept of man taking to the skies in the first place started on THIS side of the pond!


"Flying isn't inherently dangerous...but very unforgiving of carelessness, incapacity or neglect."
User currently offlineJetmek319 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4473 times:

Actually I beleive it was a fellow named DaVinci that started planning for it! We just got the "powered, heavier-than-air" part right! Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Never, ever moon a werewolf !!
User currently offlineScotron11 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4442 times:

Also the VC-10 was a teriffic a/c! Wasn't BOAC heavily involved in the birth of Singapore Airlines? I maybe wrong, but I recall hearing that somewhere.

User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4427 times:

Actually, I believe it was the French who first got men and animals airbourne with ballon power. (Make me eat humble pie for that comment to the AF pilots!) The Wright brothers were the first to perfect the ground breaking concept of powered heavier than air flight, sort of like Bill Gates and computing.

[Edited 2005-02-11 01:05:09]

User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2711 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4428 times:

Just remember that whole concept of man taking to the skies in the first place started on THIS side of the pond!

@TinPusher007

No, Check your history, starting with say, Leonardo Da Vinci. The US first would be first successful powered flight.

http://www.ueet.nasa.gov/StudentSite/historyofflight.html

Also:

"1891: German engineer, Otto Lilienthal, studied aerodynamics and worked to design a glider that would fly. He was the first person to design a glider that could fly a person and was able to fly long distances.
Based on his studies of birds and how they fly, he wrote a book on aerodynamics that was published in 1889 and this text was used by the Wright Brothers as the basis for their designs.



When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4427 times:

Why do you think you have the best airlines with the best service. I have flown on many airlines with far better service and better food than BA. For example Malaysia, Singapore, Swiss and others.

User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5922 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4410 times:

BA must have the best food if they empathise the good old british cuisine... lol


Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4338 times:

I wouldn't say we were the leaders but we done some well good stuff  Smile


A340-300 - slow, but awesome!
User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4328 times:

You have a typo in the subject Big grin

Rafal


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4488 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4324 times:

Britain: World's Best Airlines, World's Worst Spellers.


I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4277 times:

No, I think this side of the pond has the better engines:


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-Dan



A guy asks 'What's Punk?'. I kick over a trash can and its punk. He knocks over a trash can and its trendy.
User currently offlineIncitatus From Brazil, joined Feb 2005, 4000 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4242 times:



Britain cannot be the World leader in Aviation.
It is the only developed country that prevents several of the largest airlines of the World (CO, NW, DL) from serving its principal airport, LHR.  Nuts







User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2167 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

Of course Britain is a leader:

- It has some of the world's major hub airports, such as Bournemouth, Manston and Cardiff
- It has some very intelligent policies supporting the prominence of aviation, such as keeping its railway system on the technical standard of the 19th century...
- ... or such as letting its car industry drift into insignificance or foreign hands
- The roofs of UK airports don't collapse like in other countries

All of these are major achievements! Rule Britannia!


Just poking a little fun...  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4104 times:

I have never flown on a British airline and I do prefer the ride on Boeing built wings. But from everything I hear, the Rolls Royce engines are truly superb.

User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19188 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4105 times:

"If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit."

:D



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4302 posts, RR: 36
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4084 times:

since the ARJ/BAe-146 line closed, the British don't make any airliner anymore... If you find an A-300 or A-330 with 9 seats abreast, a 767 with 8 abreast or a 757-200 with 230 seats it's most likely UK- registered... Their airport taxes are some of the highest in the world...
I rest my case.



nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineCol From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2093 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3981 times:

Bristol Brabazon, latest Nimrod, ATP, anymore?

Granted we all learnt a lot from the first jet engine and Comet. BA sucks into MAN, BMI is much better on Long Haul there. BA also may serve great food, but I would rather have a poor sandwich and "my luggage".

Very funny post though!


User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3964 times:

You were doing well until you mentioned Concorde...

User currently offlineFlighttime From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3878 times:

Perhaps the op would have been better saying that Britain was a leader in world aviation. Saying you are the best tends to leave yourself open to a pissing contest. Which is tiresome to say the least.

User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3820 times:


I guess whatever would take the attention away from Brits' teeth...



Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
User currently offlineGopal From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3669 times:

Britain has probably lost some of its prominence and leadership in the field of Aerospace that it held in the 50s and 60s. In the decades following WWII, British aerospace companies came up to many fine state of the art fighter and commerical aircraft. Examples are Hawker-hunter, Seahawk, Gnat, Jaguar. These planes formed the backbone of many a nation's airforce and navy. On the civilian side there was the comet, Avro (HS-748) , Vickers Viscount which formed the bulk of civilian fleets worldwide. Rampant trade unionism and nationalization and merger of these companies caused the Birtish aerospace industry to suffer.

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

Inciatus - It's a recipriocal agreement with the US, hence BD cannot fly the route either.


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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

'Best service'? Rofl Big grin Obviously you haven't flown SQ or CX lately. BA are pretty good, but getting a meal from a British girl just doesn't have the same pizzazz as getting served a meal from a svelte, Oriental stunner. Sexist? Yes. Does it make a difference? Oh yes! Big grin


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
25 RODNAWACS : Britain is a leader but not the leader, they are a close #2.
26 AirbusCanada : it took them what , 10 years to make the T-5@LHR? oh yes, they are the absolute leader. heck, even Canadian Aerospace Industry is bigger then them!!!!
27 Qantasclub : In terms of Airlines, yes, I would agree, both BA and VS are world leaders. Incitatus. re: "Britain cannot be the World leader in Aviation. It is the
28 Airtangora : And your people taught me that a Gin and Tonic deserves a lemon, not a lime. Thanks BA!!!
29 Post contains images Burnsie28 : Sorry dude, nothing will beat the DC-9 wing, one if not the worlds most economical wing. Hence why that same wing was put onto the 717 Also, on many a
30 Post contains images RayChuang : The British could have been huge leaders in commercial aviation, but outside of the Vickers Viscount project most of the all-British commercial airlin
31 Post contains images BestWestern : Britain cannot be the World leader in Aviation. It is the only developed country that prevents several of the largest airlines of the World (CO, NW,
32 DC10Tim : Qantasclub, Though I think the lack of runways at London's airports is a result of poor planning (LHR in particular), I don't necessarily think the nu
33 AirNZ : Qantasclub You make a fair point, but not exactly accurate though. It must be remembered that LTN,STN and LCY take a substantial degree of 'light' tra
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