Week on the web 9 April

Our Image of the Day blog marked the 80th anniversary of first flight over Mount Everest. Lord Clydesdale and David McIntyre rose above the world’s highest peak in two Westland Wallace biplanes (left). The pioneers would go on to found Scottish Aviation, bequeathing the strong aviation hub that still exists

at Prestwick. The DEW Line carried video from the Lockheed Martin F-35B’s first weapons-separation test for the Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. The sortie was flown by US Navy test pilot Lt Cdr Michael Burks on 26 March. And the Airline Business blog noted that Aer Lingus chief Christoph Mueller has so impressed the Irish government with his turn­around skills that he has been appointed as chair of state-owned postal service An Post – at what has been termed, ominously, “a critical time” for the organisation.

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