"Failed Rebranding" does not just mean "A colour scheme I don't happen to like". That's a personal view. My understanding of the original post is that it relates to rebrandings which had a detrimental effect on the airline's image and it's commercial operations. I wouldn't think Aer Lingus' "new" co...Jump to post
Rear engines have some advantages but not that many. Advantages - Quieter cabin for passengers. A clean and, theoretically, a more aerodynamic and efficient wing. Disadvantages - Access is more difficult for maintenance. A fin mounted T-Tail arrangement is usually required which which needs a strong...Jump to post
Aer Lingus have operated aircraft in all sorts of hybrid schemes. In the 70s I well remember 737-248s <acronym title="Aer Lingus (Ireland)">EI</acronym>-ASA in basic Cameroun livery and <acronym title="Aer Lingus (Ireland)">EI</acronym>-ASB in VASP, <acronym title="Aer Lingus (Ireland)">EI</acronym>...Jump to post
"Getting along" is boring. People post on this forum to state their opinions and ask for other people's opinions. When opinions differ, arguments simetimes arise - that's life. As long as people behave themselves, act politely and don't allow the debate to descend into a general slanging match, then...Jump to post
The main advances on airliner design since the 1960s has been in wings. Although Airbus boast about the wonders of digital Fly By Wire, the real secret of Airbus performance is their advanced wing designs. Both the Boeing 737 and 747 are saddled with wings that were drawn up (literally) in the early...Jump to post
Flying "short range" airliners across the North and South Atlantic has been going on for decades. As someone has already mentioned, even small twins and single engined light aircraft can fly the Atlantic on deliveries. In my plane spotting days back in the 70s we used to make special trips to Shanno...Jump to post
A civil aircraft must have a Certificate of Airworthiness to enable it to fly. Foreign aircraft can fly in another country's airspace only if they have a valid Certificate. Leased aircraft often retain the registration of their original owner, whether it be a leasing company or an overseas airline. ...Jump to post
Aer Lingus - "Look up, it's Aer Lingus" British European Airways - "BEA, No. 1 In Europe" British European Airways - "BEA, the Key to Europe" Jugoslav Air Transport - "Things are JATting Better" BOAC - (regarding the expected introduction of Concorde into BOAC service) "Soon there will be two types ...Jump to post
No big deal really. When I was an avid spotter in the 70s, I used to regularly log deliveries of small single engined aircraft and light twins such as Cessna 172s, Beech Bonanzas, Cessna 421s etc as they staged through Shannon on their way from the US to Europe. On one occasion I remember logging tw...Jump to post
There are certain aircraft that contributed greatly to the development of aviation, both civil and miltary. There is also a lot of crossover between these two divisions of aviation. A military development will often have major implications on civil aircraft. For example, the Boeing 247 has already b...Jump to post
The Gloster Meteor WAS NOT the first "truly jet powered" aircraft. It was predated by the Heinkel He178, the Gloster Whittle E28/39, the Heinkel He280 and (perhaps) the Messerschmitt Me262. The Trident had nothing to do with BAC, it was originally built be De Havilland whoich became part of the Hawk...Jump to post
A very "America" centered survey to say the least.
Military aircraft are important and have changed the world. In aviation terms they have usually been the first to introduce new technologies and in the wider scheme of things, have sometimes changed history - eg. the Boeing B-29.
Up to the 1970s, most British airliners were designed with one of the national airlines in mind - Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, De Havilland DH66 Hercules, Handley Page HP42 Heracles, Armstrong Whitworth Ensign, Short C Class Flying Boat - All designed for Imperial Airways. Vickers <acronym title="Ser...Jump to post
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Hawker Siddeley Trident, especially rhe 3B variant. It was significantly louder than the BAC 1-11, being powered by three (rather than two Speys) plus the RB162 booster jet. Military wise, the loudest I've heard are the <acronym title="Swissair">SR</acronym>-71...Jump to post
NASA took the 747/Shuttle combination to the Paris Air Show in 1983 and stopped off on the way back at Stansted. The Shuttle on board was the non-space worthy "Enterprise".Jump to post
I hate the fact that they are called "Avros". To me they are BAe 146s. The design had no connection with Avro being a former Hawker Siddeley based project and being given a number from the old De Havilland block of designations. (<acronym title="Atlantic Coast Airlines (USA)">DH</acronym>/HS 121 Tri...Jump to post
The idea of placing the engines under the wings (as pioneered on the Boeing B-47 Stratojet) was to reduce the bending moment of the wings. If the engines had been placed anywhere else the wings would have to be made stronger to counteract this bending, thereby making the aircraft heavier. The popula...Jump to post
I don't think that the BAC 1-11 ever made much in the way of profits for BAC or British Aerospace. However, it was a well built and reliable machine. I well remember my uncle, who was a technical instructor with Aer Lingus, telling me in 1975 that the 1-11 208s in the fleet were in much better shape...Jump to post
Vickers did convert one of the Viscount prototypes to fly with two Rolls Royce Tay turbojets. It was purely a test bed aircraft and there was never any intention to put it into production. Even earlier, Vickers had converted a piston engined Viking to run on two Rolls Royce Nenes.Jump to post
The term "Black Box" used to refer to almost any electrical apparatus installed in an aircraft. It probably arose in the years just before World War 2 when new fangled radio and navigational equipment began to be installed in aeroplanes for the first time. For a generation of pilots brought up on ai...Jump to post
Pan Am had been sick for decades. I well remember a headline in "Time" magazine from 1970 stating "Pan Am in a Tailspin". It was only a matter of when, not if, they would eventually go under. Locekrbie was a major blow but they still survived for another three years before the final collapse.Jump to post
It depends on what you mean by "in service". A number of airlines keep historic aircraft for publicity purposes and occasionally fly passengers in them. Other airlines use older aircraft for sightseeing flights (eg. Ford Trimotors etc). As far as honest to goodness, daily scheduled services the answ...Jump to post
I am a "semi-retired spotter". I used to log registrations at my home airport (Dublin) from about 1973 but since I "grew up" have not indulged in the hobby too frequently (lack of time, other interests, work etc). However, I have been known to make the odd note when travelling from or to an airport ...Jump to post
BA's first scheme lasted from 1974 to 1984/85. The reason why it was changed after only ten years was because of the upcoming privatisation of the airline. It was felt that the old scheme needed to be got rid of so that the newly privatised airline could move forward with a fresh image. In the event...Jump to post
Good riddance. A disastrous marketing decison not to mention a hideously expensive burden on maintenance costs. It was instrumental in costing Rob Ayling and his board their jobs. At the time they were introduced I did not hear one employee at <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> say that t...Jump to post
United acquired Capital's fleet of Viscounts folllowing the merger. Maybe that's what you are thinking of. Initially, Sud Aviation had a marketing deal with Douglas to promote the Caravelle in North America. The deal ended after a very short while. Oddly enough, Douglas' first short haul jet, the DC...Jump to post
Boeing were slightly late out of the gate with their short haul jet. The project got the go ahead in 1965, the same year the DC-9 first flew. Deliveries began in 1968, two year after the DC-9 had entered service. However, by the mid 70s the 737 was drawing level with the DC-9 and, by the end of the ...Jump to post
Pne of the test Concordes was fitted with skylights in 1973 so telescopes could be mounted in the fuselage. The aircraft then chased the moon's shadow across the Atlantic during a total solar eclipse. The NASA Lockheed C-141 flying laboratory also had skylights in the roof for telescopes and other t...Jump to post
Getting good coverage here (Farnborough Hants) as Farnborough is the home of QintetiQ (what a stupid name). I have my reservations about this project as it is essentially a publicity stunt to try and get the QinetiQ brand some worldwide attention. From what I can gather there is going to be very lim...Jump to post
They were VERY loud - although not as loud as the Trident since the Trident has THREE Speys compared to the 1-11's two. I flew in Aer Lingus, Dan Air and <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> I-11s at various times. My uncle was a technical instructor ar Aer Lingus and I remember him telling...Jump to post
The four Rolls Royce Dart turboprops on a Vickers Viscount being wound up to full throttle on the ramp.
A Trident at full throttle on the brakes at the runway threshold just before commencing its take off run (makes a JT8D seem quiet).
Alas, these sounds are no more.
Since the making of the feature film in 1989, a few of the B-17s used in the film have been repainted in "Memphis Belle" colours. Over here in the UK, the famous B-17 "Sally B" , which also was used in the movie, now sports the full "Memphis Belle" scheme - although she still performs as "Sally B"..Jump to post