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by Trident
Wed Aug 21, 2002 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Signs Movie
Replies: 25
Views: 1506

RE: Signs Movie

Go to Badscience.com for a "Scientific" review of this movie. The film is full of errors, incorrect assumptions and plot inconcistencies.

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by Trident
Wed Aug 21, 2002 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Falling From A Plane
Replies: 22
Views: 3236

RE: Falling From A Plane

I've read of a RAF tail gunner who survived a fall from 11,000 in WW2.

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by Trident
Wed Aug 21, 2002 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non Aviation Movies That Had A Aviation Scene
Replies: 103
Views: 13764

RE: Non Aviation Movies That Had A Aviation Scene

"Diamonds Are Forever" was released in 1971. Had Lufthansa's DC-10's been deliverd at that time?

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by Trident
Tue Aug 20, 2002 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Plane Use Rolls Royce Jet Engine?(Fire Truck)
Replies: 6
Views: 4604

RE: What Plane Use Rolls Royce Jet Engine?(Fire Truck)

The Viper was originally a Bristol Siddeley design. It was acquired by Rolls Royce when they took over the Bristol Aero Engine division in the early 60's (as also happened with the Pegasus (Harrier) and Olympus (Concorde and Vulcan). The Viper had been designed for use in unmanned drone/target aircr...

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by Trident
Sat Aug 17, 2002 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non Aviation Movies That Had A Aviation Scene
Replies: 103
Views: 13764

RE: Non Aviation Movies That Had A Aviation Scene

"Come Fly with Me" (1963) has some nice ramp shots of one of the Rome airports in the opening credits. I even spied an Aer Lingus Viscount in the background. "The Italian Job" (1969) features shots of Turin Airport and of course, the Douglas C-74 Globemaster posing as a Chinese freighter. "Never Put...

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by Trident
Sat Aug 17, 2002 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vanishing Of L1011s
Replies: 23
Views: 1731

RE: Vanishing Of L1011s

The point I was making was that the YOUNGEST airframes are almost 20 years old. Most are older. Also, what type of product support is there these days from Lockheed for the L1011. Don't get me wrong, I think the Tristar is a great 'plane but it got off to an unlucky start andnever really recovered.

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by Trident
Fri Aug 16, 2002 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vanishing Of L1011s
Replies: 23
Views: 1731

RE: Vanishing Of L1011s

Production ended in 1983 so even the youngest airframes are almost 20 years old now.

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by Trident
Thu Aug 15, 2002 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bulgaria To Start New Flag Carrier
Replies: 14
Views: 3300

RE: Bulgaria To Start New Flag Carrier

Swiss managed OK following the demise of Swissair.

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by Trident
Thu Aug 15, 2002 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Deregulation Summary (help)
Replies: 1
Views: 1163

RE: Deregulation Summary (help)

It's a while since I read "Airline Odyssey" but the events leading up to de-regulation are covered well in this book. It is still in print. The incentive in de-regulation was to make the US airline route network more competitive than it had been, thereby reducing air fares. The main element of the p...

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by Trident
Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comet-4, DC-8, 707 Or CV990
Replies: 23
Views: 2449

RE: Comet-4, DC-8, 707 Or CV990

As usual, these types of threads degenerate into "my favourite" listings. That is always very subjective, The "best", at the end of it all, has to relate to economics. Using this criteria, there is no doubt that the DC-8 has to come out on top. The very fact that 8's are still earning their keep in ...

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by Trident
Wed Aug 14, 2002 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question: Which Airline Invented The Combi
Replies: 2
Views: 1444

RE: Question: Which Airline Invented The Combi

Combining freight with passengers goes back a long way - probably to the dawn of the airline industry. Imperial Airways flew mail and passengers on nearly all its flights in the 1920's and 30's. I'm sure Aer Lingus flew passengers and freight on their Carvairs and Viscounts in the 1960's.

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by Trident
Wed Aug 14, 2002 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comet-4, DC-8, 707 Or CV990
Replies: 23
Views: 2449

RE: Comet-4, DC-8, 707 Or CV990

Even though the 707 is one of my favourite airliner, I understand that the DC-8 was a superior aircraft from an aerodynamic standpoint. The main reason being the less heavily swept wing. The DC-8 looks much more like a modern airliner (757.767.Tu-204) in plan form than the 707 (or even the 747) does.

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by Trident
Tue Aug 13, 2002 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Were The 747-100 Phased Out At LH?
Replies: 8
Views: 3218

RE: When Were The 747-100 Phased Out At LH?

I flew in 'ED DUB-JFK in 1984.

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by Trident
Tue Aug 13, 2002 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Were The 747-100 Phased Out At LH?
Replies: 8
Views: 3218

RE: When Were The 747-100 Phased Out At LH?

Aer Lingus acquired EI-BED from Lufthansa in 1979. That's pretty much in line with Na's time frame.

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by Trident
Mon Aug 12, 2002 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus 747 To Qjx?
Replies: 8
Views: 3994

RE: Aer Lingus 747 To Qjx?

Aer Lingus have often used types of aircraft not normally associated with their standard fleet on short leases eg: Lockheed Tristars, MD-11 etc. I'll see if I can dig up some details on this.

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by Trident
Mon Aug 12, 2002 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus 747 To Qjx?
Replies: 8
Views: 3994

RE: Aer Lingus 747 To Qjx?

Right - a history lesson. Aerlinte Erireann/ Irish International Airlines (NOT Aer Lingus) was set up in 1948 by the Irish Government to begin Trans Atlantic operations using Lockheed Constellations. Following a general election that year, the new government dropped the idea and the Constellations w...

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by Trident
Mon Aug 12, 2002 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus 747 To Qjx?
Replies: 8
Views: 3994

RE: Aer Lingus 747 To Qjx?

Aer Lingus retired their 747's in 1993/94. Maybe it was a short lease!

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by Trident
Sun Aug 11, 2002 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Devaluation
Replies: 12
Views: 1740

RE: Jet Devaluation

Residual value is the value remaining in an asset after it has been fully depreciated. The residual value may or may not bear any relation to the real value of the asset. That isn't usually determined until the business attempts to dispose of it. For example, if a 747 had been reduced in value by de...

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by Trident
Sun Aug 11, 2002 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Devaluation
Replies: 12
Views: 1740

RE: Jet Devaluation

Values are also affected by the state of the world airline economy. The more jets parked in the desert, the less will be the 2nd hand values.

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by Trident
Sun Aug 11, 2002 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Death Of 1st Jet Liner Pilot
Replies: 3
Views: 2073

RE: Death Of 1st Jet Liner Pilot

Yes, the carrot story was a cover for the use of Airborne Intercept radar (AI). In fact, it was still not oficially called Radar at the time.

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by Trident
Sun Aug 11, 2002 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Death Of 1st Jet Liner Pilot
Replies: 3
Views: 2073

Death Of 1st Jet Liner Pilot

I discovered yesterday that John Cunningham, the former Chief Test Pilot of The De Havilland Aircraft Co, died on 22 July. He was 85. Cunningham has the distinction of piloting the De Havilland Comet 1 on its maiden flight in 1949, becoming the first individual to fly a jet airliner. He also flew th...

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by Trident
Sat Aug 10, 2002 8:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Starting A Business?
Replies: 5
Views: 1792

RE: Starting A Business?

Check the Patent Office to see if similar devices have already been patented. If they have, you might as well forget it as you would not be able to proceeed due to Infringement of Patent.

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by Trident
Sat Aug 10, 2002 7:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Small Can A "city" Be?
Replies: 16
Views: 2986

RE: How Small Can A "city" Be?

In Britain and Ireland city status has historically been linked to a) having a cathedral b) royal charter Obviously, Royal Charter is not an issue anymore in the Irish Republic. Can anybody confirm if any Irish towns been elevated to city status since 1922? In the UK, every couple of years or so, th...

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by Trident
Sat Aug 10, 2002 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GA And Biz Jet Callsigns
Replies: 4
Views: 8448

RE: GA And Biz Jet Callsigns

My local frequency is Farnborough Air Traffic Advisory Service. A typical conversation would be something like this: Aircraft: Good afternoon, this is Golf Charlie Lima Alpha Charlie (G-CLAC) requesting advisory service. Controller: Golf Charlie Lima Alpha Charlie, state your postion, aircraft type ...

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by Trident
Sat Aug 10, 2002 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-BIKE
Replies: 18
Views: 1768

RE: G-BIKE

Airlines do keep an eye on registrations just in case they form a potentially embarrassing or confusing combination. Examples are: Aer Lingus had the block EI-BEB to EI-BEH allocated to them. They deliberately did not request EI-BEA because of the British airline British European Airways (BEA). BEA ...

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by Trident
Sat Aug 10, 2002 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL Or Pan Am, Who Flew Last Flight Out Of Saigon?
Replies: 14
Views: 12967

RE: UAL Or Pan Am, Who Flew Last Flight Out Of Saigon?

What about World Airways. I remember seeing a newspaper photo of a World 727 having landed (I'm not sure where, it might have been Thailand or the Philipines) with the legs of a dead stowaway dangling from one of the main wheel wells. That would have been in the last few days of the war in 1975.

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by Trident
Fri Aug 09, 2002 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Errors In Magazine/Newspaper Articles
Replies: 12
Views: 2463

RE: Errors In Magazine/Newspaper Articles

I EXPECT newspapers to mis-identify aircraft all the time. The journo's just dont't have the knowledge or time to get it right. However, some mistakes can be embarrasing, and costly. About 25 years ago an Irish newspaper reported on an airline safety survey and stated that Alitalia came out worst. T...

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by Trident
Thu Aug 08, 2002 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: It's MyTravel Lite!
Replies: 26
Views: 4531

RE: It's MyTravel Lite!

And what was wrong with Caledonian? Thomas Cook threw away an excellent brand name with huge public awareness and vitually no negativity. What I would like to know is how much money the brand "consultants" get for convincing companies to ditch established names. If I was Thomas Cook, I'd be suing so...

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by Trident
Thu Aug 08, 2002 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: It's MyTravel Lite!
Replies: 26
Views: 4531

RE: It's MyTravel Lite!

The rebranding merchants are everywhere these days. The era of long established corprate names and images is over, for the moment anyway. It's ironic in fact because over the past few years the accountancy profession has debated long and hard over the value inherent in established brand names and ho...

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by Trident
Thu Aug 08, 2002 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-80 Succes In Scandinavia
Replies: 5
Views: 2260

RE: MD-80 Succes In Scandinavia

Long association with Douglas products going right back to the early post war period. SAS had a huge fleet of DC-9's (Srs 21 and Srs 41) so the MD 80 series was a natural progression. I think they ordered MD80's before any of the Airbys A320 variants were available and it was only in the 90's that t...

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by Trident
Thu Aug 08, 2002 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The "follow-me Car".
Replies: 20
Views: 12814

RE: The "follow-me Car".

I'm sure the "follow me" vehicle is only used when necessary eg. requested by the pilot and / or decided by ground control. I would assume the A340 in the picture was being guided at East Midlands because the pilot and 'plane had not been to that airport before.

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by Trident
Thu Aug 08, 2002 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icom ICR2 Scanner Confiscated At TPE Airport! Why?
Replies: 13
Views: 6504

RE: Icom ICR2 Scanner Confiscated At TPE Airport! Why?

The legality of using scanners in the UK is not that clear. Technically, I think listening in on police, aircraft, emergency services etc is illegal. However, like many laws in Britain, the authorities only enforce it when they perceive there might be a security risk or similar problem

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by Trident
Thu Aug 08, 2002 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: It's MyTravel Lite!
Replies: 26
Views: 4531

RE: It's MyTravel Lite!

Sounds like a brand of beer. Anyway, the name will be changed again in six months time.

If My Travel Lite start using widebodies will that mean that the flight call signs will be prefixed "My Travel Lite Heavy"?

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by Trident
Wed Aug 07, 2002 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Books....need Some Help
Replies: 6
Views: 1953

RE: Aviation Books....need Some Help

"The Right Stuff" - one of my favourite books of all time, but not much about the airline industry (ie nothing at all). Also, although Yeager is featured heavily, the book is much more about the psyche of test pilots and the struggle the first NASA astronauts had in having themselves treated as huma...

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by Trident
Wed Aug 07, 2002 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Climb Performance Ever.
Replies: 48
Views: 7335

RE: Worst Climb Performance Ever.

It's 16 years since I saw the programme but so my memory may be fuzzy. My reference books say: Total thrust of 3 Speys plus one RB162 - 41,130 lbs Total thrust of 2 RB211's -74,800 lbs Lesson - It pays to check your references. Anyway, the general point I was making is still valid is it not? Modern ...

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by Trident
Wed Aug 07, 2002 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Books....need Some Help
Replies: 6
Views: 1953

RE: Aviation Books....need Some Help

"Airline Odyssey" (1998) - excellent general history of the airline industry. Not specifically aimed at US audience but, due to importance of USA in airline and airliner history, does contain large sections on the North American scene. Good resume of the impact of de-regulation in the early 1980's. ...

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by Trident
Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Climb Performance Ever.
Replies: 48
Views: 7335

RE: Worst Climb Performance Ever.

It's all to do with the era the aircraft emerged in. When the 727 entered service in 1963/64, its take off (and landing) performance was significantly better than that of the first jet airliner generation, mainly because of its very sophisticated wing design. Where more modern designs score over 'pl...

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by Trident
Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports Named After Heads Of State
Replies: 64
Views: 8521

RE: Airports Named After Heads Of State

Liverpool Airport, formally known as Speke, is now John Lennon International. Although never referred to as such, I'm sure Dublin Airport is "officially" supposed to br named after James Fitzmaurice, one of the crew members of the Junkers "Bremen" which in 1928 was the first aeroplane to cross the A...

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by Trident
Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle
Replies: 42
Views: 6060

RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Serves them right for buying "GI Joe". They should have been patriotic and bought "Action Man" (the UK equivalent).

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by Trident
Tue Aug 06, 2002 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Countries With Largest Airport Outside Capital?
Replies: 41
Views: 7090

RE: Countries With Largest Airport Outside Capital?

I was basing my comment re The Hague on the understanding that it is the seat of the Dutch Government. That is the normal criteria for defining a country's capital city. I do realise that Amsterdam is the Condtitutional Capital of The Netherlands. Nothings's ever simple, is it?

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by Trident
Tue Aug 06, 2002 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World's Smallest Airline
Replies: 14
Views: 10621

RE: World's Smallest Airline

There are inumerable one aircraft airlines flying in the world. There are even some one pilot airlines in the world, maybe even only one employee airlines! What would be interesting would be a list of national carriers with maybe only one or two aircraft.

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by Trident
Tue Aug 06, 2002 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Countries With Largest Airport Outside Capital?
Replies: 41
Views: 7090

RE: Countries With Largest Airport Outside Capital?

Switzerland - Capital - Berne. Major Airpoprt - Zurich
The Netherlands - Capital - The Hague. Major Airport - Schiphol, Amsterdam
Canada - Capital - Ottowa, Major Airport - Toronto (I assume)

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by Trident
Tue Aug 06, 2002 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Country Uses The Reg That Begins With F?
Replies: 18
Views: 3424

RE: What Country Uses The Reg That Begins With F?

I "discovered" the national identity letters when I was about 9 or 10 years old. My dad bought me the 1966/67 "Observers Book of Civil Aircraft" as a Christmas present and all the reg' prefixes were listed at the front. The 'net is fantastic but you can't beat books for good basic data. I've been ab...

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by Trident
Tue Aug 06, 2002 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Climb Performance Ever.
Replies: 48
Views: 7335

RE: Worst Climb Performance Ever.

A couple of years ago I flew from Aswan in Egypt to Abu Simbel (to the site of the famous temples) in a Phaoroh Airways Boeing 737-222 (ex - United). The 'plane looked like it had seen better days and the climb out was the shallowest I've ever experienced. Good job there are no trees in the Sahara.

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by Trident
Tue Aug 06, 2002 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Country Uses The Reg That Begins With F?
Replies: 18
Views: 3424

RE: What Country Uses The Reg That Begins With F?

Guys - do any of you read books? There are loads of publications out there which give full listings of all the civil aircraft national prefix letters. One that instantly springs to mind is the Ian Allan publication "Civil Aircraft Markings". Any of the airline fleet listings books such as "JP World ...

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by Trident
Tue Aug 06, 2002 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oops, Wrong Sydney!
Replies: 33
Views: 3793

RE: Oops, Wrong Sydney!

Did they buy the ticket through the Internet?

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by Trident
Tue Aug 06, 2002 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Climb Performance Ever.
Replies: 48
Views: 7335

RE: Worst Climb Performance Ever.

It's very unfair to compare modern generation jet airliners with those designed and built in the mid 50's and 60's. The Trident, by modern standards, did have a poor performance but, in most respects, when it first flew in 1962 it was one of the most advanced airliners in the world. Even by today's ...

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by Trident
Mon Aug 05, 2002 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When We'll See Again A Scottish Airline?
Replies: 6
Views: 2014

RE: When We'll See Again A Scottish Airline?

What about Loganair?

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by Trident
Sun Aug 04, 2002 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Anyone Answer This Historical Question?
Replies: 15
Views: 2246

RE: Can Anyone Answer This Historical Question?

23,8000 is what the book says, and I have no reason to doubt its author, Kenneth Munson. As I mentioned, the B-17 regularly flew at 30,000 unpressurised. The 307 would have had no technical problems getting to 23,800 as it shared the same wings and tail as the B-17. My interpretation of "Service Cei...

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by Trident
Sun Aug 04, 2002 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World's First Airlines?
Replies: 34
Views: 2511

RE: World's First Airlines?

I din't think that there's any doubt that KLM is the "oldest". Some airlines bend the interpretation of their histories for advertising purposes, In 1994 British Airways ran an ad campaign celebrating their 75th Anniversary. This was, of course, patent nonsense as BA officially came into existence o...

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