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Obituary - Sir Peter Masefield (BEA, Bristol A/C)  
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Probably not all that well known by many here (including me) but it seems he played quite a part in UK civil aviation.

Telegraph Obituary

"Sir Peter Masefield, who died on February 14 aged 91, was one of the leading figures in Britain's post-war aviation industry, playing an important role at British European Airways (BEA) and in the development of the Britannia aircraft; from 1965 to 1971 he was chairman of the British Airports Authority."

Close but no cigar:

"On a visit to America to sell the Britannia, Masefield spent "a fascinating week" with Howard Hughes, who insisted on flying the aircraft with bare feet, claiming that he got a better feel of it through his toes. Hughes was impressed, and asked for 30 aircraft for TWA. Unfortunately, Bristol's capacity was unable to meet Hughes's demand for one a week from May 1957. In all during Masefield's period in charge, 85 Britannias were built, 60 for BOAC and 25 for RAF Transport Command."

That was the British aviation industry for you!

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User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1563 times:

IIRC, he was editor of the weekly magazine "Aeroplane" during WW2.

User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

And in his "spare time" as an air correspondent he flew as a co-pilot and as a gunner on some bombing raids!

User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1528 times:
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Quoting David L (Thread starter):
In all during Masefield's period in charge, 85 Britannias were built, 60 for BOAC and 25 for RAF Transport Command."

The 25 for the RAF was at the cost of scrapping the Vickers 1000, a design that exceeded the performance of the early 707's & DC8's. As a result the UK handed the Commercial aircraft market to the US.

That said it wasn't Masefield's fault, it was political decision to create jobs at Short's in N. Ireland.


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

Quoting VC-10 (Reply 3):
it was political decision to create jobs at Short's in N. Ireland.

True. There was a lot of meddling back then and as a result there's nothing left to meddle with.  Sad


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