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100 Years Ago Today: Blériot Channel Crossing

One hundred years ago today Louis Blériot became the first person to cross a ‘large body of water’ in a ‘heavier than air’ aircraft.The successful aircraft was the Blériot XI, a replica of which an AirSpace user recently captured. Blériot flew 22 statute miles (36.6 km) from Les Barraques (near Calais, France) to Dover, England […]

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Apollo Landing and Quarantine

40 years ago today Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, completing its historical mission.Time to celebrate, right?Unfortunately not.Out of fear of astronauts bringing “unheard-of” diseases back to Earth, US public authorities imposed a 21-day quarantine on all returning astronauts. They were confined to the “Lunar Receiving Laboratory” in Houston that featured, amongst other […]

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“One small step… one giant leap for mankind…”

At 20.17 GMT Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon’s surface. He took this picture of Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the second man on the Moon. See how Flight International reported the event… Flightglobal’s Apollo @ 40 page Flightglobal’s coverage from Flight International magazine from last week and from 1969 

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Red Arrows and Virgin Atlantic Flying Formation

These photos by Steve Parsons depict Virgin Atlantic’s flagship 747 ‘Lady Penelope’ in a flying formation with the Red Arrows from the Biggin Hill Airshow. (‘Lady Penelope’ is also being called ‘Birthday Girl’ in honour of the airline’s 25th anniversary.) Last Monday Virgin Atlantic announced an order for 10 A330 aircraft.To see the great detail, […]

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Blasts from the Past: Tiger Moths & de Havilland Vampire

No image for today–instead we have images! We just got sent these with an explanation below. Photographs show Michael Marshall with his pilot Mark Hootons followingtheir arrival at North Weald.  Also enclosed are a photograph ofMichael showing his flying log books to his instructor Ian Glenn of theCambridge Flying Group with whom he flew on […]

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Flight International’s cover image inspired by…

Flight International’s cover image this week (see above) was inspired by this image: Illustrator Matt Herring took the original 1909 Exposition Interntionale de Locomotion Aerienne poster and updated it using a modern style and aircraft. He has kept the original composition intact. Read our Paris Special Report which includes features on the Airbus Military A400M, Airbus […]

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Sir Richard Branson’s choice … before Virgin Atlantic’s first flight to Newark

Sir Richard Branson has chosen this image as Image of the Day. It was taken on 22 June 1984 before take off at London’s Heathrow bound for Newark.  Sir Richard is on the steps up to the Maiden Voyager, the airline’s first aircraft, a Boeing 747, with an array of celebrities popular at the time. From left […]

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British navy celebrates aviation centenary

Picture credit Rex Features/Jonathan Hordle Britain’s Royal Navy marked the centenary of its aviation with a celebratory flypast over HMS Illustrious on the River Thames today. Forty naval aircraft led by four Merlin attack helicopters and including Sea Kings, Hawks and Jetstreams, flew directly over “Lusty” the strike carrier moored near Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval […]

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Mayfly is first purchase of British naval aviation fleet

A century of British naval aviation history began with an order in 1909 for His Majesty’s Airship 1. The Mayfly emerged from Vickers two years later. Read more about the Royal Navy’s first 100 years as an avaion power in our feature on a Century of Fleet. “At last our leviatan of the air has emerged […]

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