What's going on with the 100 greatest lists? They have been restricted to only a few items each! My ones havent even made it onto the list as i am sure other peoples havent! For instance the likes of the 737 and Harrier in the greatest aircraft section or Sir Robert Watson-Watt in the greatest person section!
Yes, after taking into the account all the nominations (and after plenty of arguments and debate), a shortlist for all the categories has now been published for you all to vote on.
It has been a very difficult task considering all individual nominations and the variety of choices available, but we had to create a list of 100 for Farnborough and so some have unfortunately been missed off the list.
Either way, we hope it is a competitive list and one that encompasses all that aviation has to offer
AirSpace - more than just hot air
I think a note on the site to say how the shortlist was chosen and who made up the list would be a good idea (even if the answer is "A battle was fought by Flight Staff / Category Sponsors / Reed Publishing / People that know stuff").
This is a great exercise and I have the suspicion that there was already some confusion about the "Last 100 Years" criteria that was there at the beginning but less obvious at the end.
I'm a conscientious man... when I throw rocks at seabirds I leave no tern unstoned. (Ogden Nash)
Et nom de dieu! C'est triste Orly la dimanche (Jacques Brel)
I'll put something up on my blog to give a bit more detail about the shortlist process.
however for the time being let me say that the entire senior editorial team at Flight spent a lot of time debating which nominations should be included for the voting phase.
As Maverick says - the maximum was 20 in each category adding up to the magic 100. We also tried as far as was sensible to ensure the shortlist was a balanced representation of geographical and chronological achievements.
It was seriously hard making the final cut and all nominations we considered fully.
I understand that everybody has different opinions, but to omit the first powered flight by Orville Wright in 1903 makes a mockery of the 100 greatest moments in Aviation. How can you justify not including this ????.
To clarify the concept of the campaign - it is a celebration of 100 years of Flight. And as such is a search to find the 100 Greatest things (aircraft, events, etc ...) in the last 100 years. i.e. 1909-2009.
As such the first flight in 1903 is not included, but the Wright Brothers are included in the Greatest Person for their contribution to aviation after 1909.