David L
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Obituary - Sir Peter Masefield (BEA, Bristol A/C)

Sat Feb 18, 2006 9:22 pm

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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RE: Obituary - Sir Peter Masefield (BEA, Bristol A/C)

Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:31 am

IIRC, he was editor of the weekly magazine "Aeroplane" during WW2.
 
David L
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RE: Obituary - Sir Peter Masefield (BEA, Bristol A/C)

Sun Feb 19, 2006 4:20 am

And in his "spare time" as an air correspondent he flew as a co-pilot and as a gunner on some bombing raids!
 
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RE: Obituary - Sir Peter Masefield (BEA, Bristol A/C)

Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:16 am

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.
 
David L
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RE: Obituary - Sir Peter Masefield (BEA, Bristol A/C)

Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:09 am

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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