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by Trident
Sat Feb 01, 2003 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest-ever Single-engine Jet Flight?
Replies: 9
Views: 5399

RE: Longest-ever Single-engine Jet Flight?

Sheila Scott used to fly a Piper PA-24 Comanche. Obviously, her long distance flights were not non-stop.

The first jet aircraft flight acros the Atlantic was by a flight of RAF De Havilland Vampires (single engined) in 1948 but they did it in three stages.

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by Trident
Sat Jan 25, 2003 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United DC-8's
Replies: 24
Views: 8664

RE: United DC-8's

The DC-8 received a new lease of life with the re-engining programme in the late 70s. The possibility of doing the same with 707s was also investigated but the costs were deemed prohibitive (although it did not stop the USAF from re-engining their KC-135s). Regarding the early ditching of DC-8s for ...

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by Trident
Sun Jan 12, 2003 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airline Ever To Operate - Pan Am?
Replies: 7
Views: 3560

RE: First Airline Ever To Operate - Pan Am?

The St Petersburg - Tampa flying boat service of 1914 is definitely the first commercial airline opeartion using aeroplanes. However, DELAG began airship operations in 1905 so that is the very first passenger service of any sort in aviation. In two years time the airline industry will be able to cel...

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by Trident
Sun Jan 05, 2003 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B720 Operators
Replies: 30
Views: 2703

RE: B720 Operators

The "Aer Lingus" 720s (EI-ALA, EI-ALB and EI-ALC) were actually operated by Aerlinte Eireann - Irish International Airlines. Aerlinte was established to operate trans Atlantic service from Ireland to North America. It was not fully intergrated into Aer Lingus until the mid 1970s. The 720s had all go...

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by Trident
Sun Jan 05, 2003 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Most Important Airlines Of All Time
Replies: 39
Views: 6373

RE: The Most Important Airlines Of All Time

The two most important have to be Pan Am and BOAC for all the reasons already mentioned. The opening up of regular trans - Atlantic services in the late 1930s was a major milestone in airline history. Within twenty years, the same two airlines opened up the first trans - Atlantic jet services. BOAC,...

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by Trident
Sat Dec 14, 2002 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: List Of Lockheed Constallation Customers?
Replies: 9
Views: 2007

RE: List Of Lockheed Constallation Customers?

Aerlinte Eireann, Aer Lingus' TransAtlantic "Alter Ego" took delivery of standard Constellations in 1948. After having had them for a few months, the Irish government decided that the country was not ready for routes to the USA and the aircraft were transferred to BOAC.

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by Trident
Mon Dec 02, 2002 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egyptair TU-154? (Info Needed)
Replies: 22
Views: 3319

RE: Egyptair TU-154? (Info Needed)

The UK (not England!) more or less cut itself off from any diplomatic or trade connectrions with Egypt following the unsuccessful nvasion of the Suez Canal Zone in 1956. Although the USA did not support this miltary operation (one of the reasons why it did not succeed), they also found that they had...

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by Trident
Fri Nov 29, 2002 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Of UFO's ............
Replies: 16
Views: 1451

RE: Of UFO's ............

Lehpron - I've looked at the thread you suggested and can see why an "Anti-Gravity" vehicle might be able to move through the air without suffering frictional heating. Although how such a technology could work is way beyond our current knowledge of physics (and could very well be impossible). The Sp...

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by Trident
Fri Nov 29, 2002 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MyTravel In The Red
Replies: 9
Views: 2170

RE: MyTravel In The Red

Just because a company makes a trading loss in a given year does not mean that it is in the red. The term "In the Red" dates back to the days when banks showed overdrawn bank balances in red ink on the bank statements. "In the Red" really relates to the solvency of a business ie, if its liabilities ...

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by Trident
Thu Nov 28, 2002 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Of UFO's ............
Replies: 16
Views: 1451

RE: Of UFO's ............

Despite the contrary opinion expressed on the web site, this looks awfully like a rocket/satellite entry and breakup to me. Judging the altitude of an object visually is almost impossible without other factors being known, particulary distance from observer and angle above the horizon. The apparent ...

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by Trident
Wed Nov 27, 2002 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Of UFO's ............
Replies: 16
Views: 1451

RE: Of UFO's ............

UFO stories drive me mad. Most are utter nonsense. The speed of light is 186,000 miles a second ie 669,600,000 MPH! In other words, light takes about 1 second to reach the moon, 20 minutes to rech Mars and about 2 hours to reach Jupiter. Any object travelling at over 2,000 MPH in the Earth's atmosph...

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by Trident
Wed Nov 27, 2002 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Wake Turbulence A Hoax?
Replies: 27
Views: 2423

RE: Is Wake Turbulence A Hoax?

If you watch a contrail for a number of seconds after the 'plane has moved on, you will see that it will begin to curl and rotate as the vortex takes hold.

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by Trident
Wed Nov 27, 2002 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Funnies A/c Reg Nº Your Ever Saw
Replies: 58
Views: 6996

RE: Funnies A/c Reg Nº Your Ever Saw

I'm not impressed by those who deliberately choose a reg' for effect. Since the advent of "personalised" registrations in the UK in 1977/78, there have been may such registrations. A copy of Ian Allens "Civil Aircraft Markings" publication will reveal the sheer volume of such markings. However, I do...

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by Trident
Sat Nov 02, 2002 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports That History Has Eclipsed....
Replies: 27
Views: 2287

RE: Airports That History Has Eclipsed....

Up to 1939, London's two "aerodromes" were Croydon, which was Imperial Airways' base and Heston, which was British Airways' (the original) base. Both closed as commercial airports for the duration of the war. In 1946. LHR opened as the official new London Airport. Croydon continued at a low level of...

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by Trident
Sat Nov 02, 2002 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Commercial Jet With Best Safety Record
Replies: 10
Views: 10129

RE: Commercial Jet With Best Safety Record

The Dassault Mercure has the best record - no losses at all. As it is no longer in service, this record can only be equalled, never beaten. However, as mentioned previously, this "record" shows that such statistics are almost meaningless. The Mercure was a commercial disaster. Only a handful were bu...

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by Trident
Sat Nov 02, 2002 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Best Looking Airliner Ever Built Is....
Replies: 87
Views: 5978

RE: The Best Looking Airliner Ever Built Is....

De Havilland DH91 Albatross - pity I don't know how to post pictures.

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by Trident
Fri Nov 01, 2002 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport Slogans
Replies: 18
Views: 2370

RE: Airport Slogans

In the "old" days Liverpool airport was known as Speke and in 1972 they had a logo "Things are Jetting Better at Speke". I also remember a TV ad being shown on Welsh television (HTV) around 1970-71 for Cardiff Airport which in those days was referred to as Rhoose - Glamorgan Airport. The ad featured...

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by Trident
Mon Oct 07, 2002 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legal For Airlines To Fly Without National Flag?
Replies: 16
Views: 4251

RE: Legal For Airlines To Fly Without National Flag?

Apart from the tail logo, which is not an official National Flag, I don't think BA carry a full Union Flag anywhere on their aircraft.

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by Trident
Sun Oct 06, 2002 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Important Aircraft Designer
Replies: 17
Views: 2042

RE: Most Important Aircraft Designer

Although Whittle deserves a huge amount of credit, he was not the only jet pioneer. In particular, Pabst Van Ohain should also be included in any jet engine designer listing, especially as his engine flew first (1939 compared to Whittle's 1941).

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by Trident
Sun Oct 06, 2002 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Of The 727
Replies: 24
Views: 3018

RE: Future Of The 727

Nothing lasts forever, unfortunately. In the 70's everyone was regretting seeing the last of the big piston engined airliners disappear. I'm sure a handful of 727s will survive for many years. As for noise, a Trident at full throttle made the 727 sound like a Neighbourhood Freindly device. Eastern u...

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by Trident
Sun Oct 06, 2002 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oddball Aircraft Your Favorite Airline Almost Had
Replies: 52
Views: 3595

RE: Oddball Aircraft Your Favorite Airline Almost Had

I have in my collection a large brochure issued by De Havilland in the early 1960's containing outline diagrams and technical details of the De Havilland DH 121 Trident 1. This brochure was given to me around 1970 by an Aer Lingus executive who was clearing his office. Obviously, De Havilland were h...

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by Trident
Sun Oct 06, 2002 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Name This Plane
Replies: 16
Views: 2096

RE: Name This Plane

Although I can't see the winglets, I'm pretty certain it's an Airbus A321. Just goes to show how alike modern airliner designs are.

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by Trident
Sun Oct 06, 2002 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mon Dieu! Air France, Wash Your Aircraft!
Replies: 24
Views: 3037

RE: Mon Dieu! Air France, Wash Your Aircraft!

BA aircraft in the early 80's were often extremely grimey. I've got some slides of very dirty VC-10s at LHR in 1980 - pity I don't have a scanner.

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by Trident
Fri Oct 04, 2002 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Important Aircraft Designer
Replies: 17
Views: 2042

RE: Most Important Aircraft Designer

After World War 2 the influence of single individuals in aircraft design began to wane. Aiorcraft are mow designed by teams and computers these days, the main individual effort coming from project managers. After 1930 I would suggest Jack Northrop (not only Flying Wings but also the DC-3) and Joe Su...

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by Trident
Thu Oct 03, 2002 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest Plane, Shortest Route
Replies: 70
Views: 4246

RE: Largest Plane, Shortest Route

Dublin-Shannon (30 minutes) Boeing 747-148 Aer Lingus.

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by Trident
Wed Oct 02, 2002 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The RAF As A Charter Airline, Would It Fly?
Replies: 4
Views: 2351

RE: The RAF As A Charter Airline, Would It Fly?

Hypothetical headlinre from (say) sometime in 2006: "Following a mission to refuel RAF Tornado aircraft taking part in yesterday's bombing raid on Iraq, two of the RAF's A330 tanker aircraft operated a pilgrim charter flight to Mecca as part of the annual Haj". I know the above is facetious, but the...

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by Trident
Wed Oct 02, 2002 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Crash IN Goa!
Replies: 2
Views: 4904

RE: Plane Crash IN Goa!

They were practising a formation flypast for a Squadron Anniversary Air Display, apparently.

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by Trident
Fri Sep 20, 2002 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do BA And AF Actually Make A Profit On Concordes?
Replies: 20
Views: 3769

RE: Do BA And AF Actually Make A Profit On Concordes?

As far as I'm aware, BA have made operational profits for most of the years in which they've been operating Concordes, especially since privatisation in 1987. However, BA (nor Air France) had to pay to BAC/Aerosptiale what should have been the correct capital cost of each aircraft purchased. With a ...

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by Trident
Wed Sep 04, 2002 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Did Airline Reservation Work Before Computers?
Replies: 4
Views: 6786

RE: How Did Airline Reservation Work Before Computers?

Computerised booking systems have been in use since the mid 60's (possibly even earlier in some cases) so it's a long time since any major airlines have had to do things manually. Of course, in the 20's. 30's, 40's and 50's, the volume of people flying was tiny so manual systems could cope.

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by Trident
Tue Sep 03, 2002 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Caledonian
Replies: 22
Views: 2774

RE: British Caledonian

I flew LGW to Houston and then returned DFW - LGW on BCal DC-10's in October 1981. Very pleasant flights and amiable cabin staff.

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by Trident
Mon Sep 02, 2002 9:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Where To Find Decals?
Replies: 6
Views: 1653

RE: Where To Find Decals?

Try Hannants.co.uk - they are a well established UK model shop with stacks of airliner (and other) decals in stock.

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by Trident
Mon Sep 02, 2002 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryan Air - Ever Good News?
Replies: 8
Views: 1612

Ryan Air - Ever Good News?

Yet another "Bad News Story" regarding Ryan Air this morning. Apparently they are going to be charged in the UK with discrimination against disabled passengers. The airline charges £18 for the provision of wheelchair facilities at some of the UK airports it serves. Is Ryan Air really this bad or is ...

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by Trident
Mon Sep 02, 2002 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust
Replies: 8
Views: 2306

RE: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

Rick767 - thanks for the clarification. Obviously a nominal sum then.

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by Trident
Mon Sep 02, 2002 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust
Replies: 8
Views: 2306

RE: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

How much have they really been fined? Is it: 2,582 Euros (ie two thousand, five hundred and eighty two Euros) 2,582,000 Euros (ie two million, five hundred and eighty two thousand Euros) or 2.582.000,000 Euros (ie two billion, five hundred and eighty two million Euros - because that's what 2,582m Eu...

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by Trident
Mon Sep 02, 2002 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Dc-10 Question
Replies: 24
Views: 4834

RE: Air New Zealand Dc-10 Question

I remember seeing an ANZ DC-10 "stranded" at Heathrow in June 1979 due to the temporary withdrawl of the DC-10's C of A in that year.

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by Trident
Sun Sep 01, 2002 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American And The 747
Replies: 18
Views: 3248

RE: American And The 747

The ex AA NASA 747 visited the Paris Air Show, carrying a Shuttle, in 1983. On the way back to the US, it visited Stansted airport. Thousands of enthusiasts flocked to Stansted to see the "combo" on the ground.

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by Trident
Sun Sep 01, 2002 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American And The 747
Replies: 18
Views: 3248

RE: American And The 747

NASA acquired their first ex-AA 747-100 in 1976. It was used, still in basic AA colours, to carry the first Shuttle (Enterprise) aloft on the glide tests which were carried out in 1977. It was then used in 1979 to carry the first space-worthy Shuttle (Columbia) from the Rockwell factory in Californi...

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by Trident
Sat Aug 31, 2002 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Resurrect An Old Ailrine.
Replies: 41
Views: 3317

RE: Resurrect An Old Ailrine.

Court Line - Britain's answer to Braniff. They basically copied the Braniff idea of bold, gaudy colours and so, like Braniff, stood out against their more sombre contemporaries. These days they'd probably be operating A320's and A330's on their charter services (in their heyday they flew BAC 1-11 50...

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by Trident
Sat Aug 31, 2002 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3rd Airliner Just Crashed In Brazil
Replies: 13
Views: 3458

RE: 3rd Airliner Just Crashed In Brazil

The crash of the commuter airliner is being reported by BBC and ITV here in the UK - who say's we're insular?

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by Trident
Thu Aug 22, 2002 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Service In The Past
Replies: 19
Views: 3322

RE: Airline Service In The Past

In 1919 AT&T offered sandwiches and a hot water bottle as "in flight service".

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by Trident
Thu Aug 22, 2002 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Customers
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

RE: First Customers

Fokker F-27 - Aer Lingus Vickers Viscount - BEA De Havilland Trident - BEA Vickers Vanguard - BEA Airspeed Ambassador - BEA Vickers VC-10 - BOAC De Havilland Comet - BOAC Handley Page Hermes - BOAC Canadair Argaonaut - Trans Canada Airlines Sud Aviation Caravelle - Air France Douglas DC-3 - American...

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by Trident
Thu Aug 22, 2002 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Authors
Replies: 21
Views: 2636

RE: Aviation Authors

Richard Bach for the pleasure of flight and flying, Bill Gunston for history, background poltics and commercial policy.

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by Trident
Thu Aug 22, 2002 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airways Celebrates 65 Years Of Flying Sept. 13!
Replies: 9
Views: 2266

RE: US Airways Celebrates 65 Years Of Flying Sept. 13!

How can US Airways celebrate a 65th birthday when it only came into being as a legal entity in the 1980's? False airline anniversary celebrations annoy me. BA tried it a few yeras ago with false 75th birthday celebrations. It's all an attempt to generate cheap publicity.

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by Trident
Thu Aug 22, 2002 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Service In The Past
Replies: 19
Views: 3322

RE: Airline Service In The Past

It depends on what you mean by "the old days". Air travel in the 1930's is often looked on a "Golden Age" with luxurious accomodation, freshly cooked food, proper beds etc etc. And what about airship travel. These aircraft had ocean liner standards. Some of them even had a piano lounge. Offset again...

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by Trident
Thu Aug 22, 2002 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's World Images Controversial?
Replies: 20
Views: 2048

RE: BA's World Images Controversial?

The St George flag would only represent England, not Britain, so no doubt you'ld have the Scots, Welsh and (probably) the Northern Irish up in arms. As I said above, the current tail design is very similar to the original BA scheme, which no one moaned about. Well, actually, that's not quite true. T...

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by Trident
Thu Aug 22, 2002 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Signs Movie
Replies: 25
Views: 1506

RE: Signs Movie

Only if you call some of the residents of Wiltshire alien (I have my suspicions). Sorry about the duff info' on my first post. The correct website address is badastronomy.com.

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by Trident
Thu Aug 22, 2002 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's World Images Controversial?
Replies: 20
Views: 2048

RE: BA's World Images Controversial?

In these discussions about BA's image, no-one ever mentions the original BA scheme which was used from the date of formation (1974) to the introduction of the Landor scheme (1984). The current Union Flag scheme (it is not oficially called a Union Jack) is very reminiscent of that first BA scheme. Th...

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by Trident
Wed Aug 21, 2002 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Falling From A Plane
Replies: 22
Views: 3236

RE: Falling From A Plane

"Tom and Jerry" was scientifically accurate after all (see thread on "Signs").

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by Trident
Wed Aug 21, 2002 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Signs Movie
Replies: 25
Views: 1506

RE: Signs Movie

Granted, most people just want to be entertained when they go to the cinema. But nowadays, a huge level of scientific ignorance abounds and consequently, script writers can spout any old scientific sounding mumbo jumbo and, to the scientific illeterate, still sound plausible. Why can't they take a b...

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by Trident
Wed Aug 21, 2002 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non Aviation Movies That Had A Aviation Scene
Replies: 103
Views: 13760

RE: Non Aviation Movies That Had A Aviation Scene

I think the cat and dog movie is called "The Incredible Journey".

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