Trolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4104 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.
Trolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4016 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.
"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.
Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2133 posts, RR: 14 Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3737 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!
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4211 posts, RR: 35 Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3673 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?
Col From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2083 posts, RR: 22 Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3570 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".
Gopal From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 112 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3258 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.
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16 Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3191 times:
'Best service'? Rofl 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!
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 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 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 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