Straight & Level 7 May

happy end 51.jpgThis is one of a series of more than 50 stunning images by German photographer Dietmar Eckell of abandoned aircraft wrecks in remote locations around the world. It is not as morbid as it sounds: all the accidents were non-fatal; the project’s title is Happy End. Eckell is looking for at least $4,000 to produce a book and has turned to crowdsourcing site Indiegogo. In exchange for an investment, punters can get anything from an acknowledgement to a “museum-quality”, limited edition print.

A go-around to remember

Our story about the world’s most spectacular airport approaches (Flight International, 5 February) illustrated the winner using a familiar photograph of a widebody airliner descending low over sunbathers on St Maarten’s beach.

Chris Barnes speculates as to what would happen if the landing pilot pressed the TOGA (take off go around) while over the shore. “The max power

and high alpha climb out

would do some considerable sandblasting and remove any remaining punters from the beach,” he suggests.

Song for Eamon

Ryanair captain and singer-songwriter Sean Kelly has penned a tribute to fellow Ryanair captain and musician Eamon Wall, who died in January.

Kelly, a base captain at Prestwick, first performed the song at a gathering in Scotland for friends and colleagues who could not make it to Wall’s funeral. “I played Drive Her On, a song I had written about Eamon that seemed to capture his spirit. It went down so well that we decided to release it as a charity single,” he says.

Proceeds will be donated to the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team, the organisation that looked after Wall in his last weeks.

Drive Her On (The Ballad Of Eamon Wall) is available as a download from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other online stores.


When, during its lengthy courtship of India’s Jet Airways, Etihad announced a codeshare agreement with JAT, it led HSBC analyst Andrew Lobbenberg to mischievously wonder if a typo on an email from James Hogan’s office had caused confusion.

Had, he speculates, a minion gone west to cut a deal with the ailing flag carrier of lowly Serbia (population 7 million) rather than one of the emerging giants of aviation in India (population 1.2 billion).

Flight fiction

Back when what we said really mattered. The storyline on a recent episode of Endeavour, a prequel to the long-running TV series Inspector Morse, set in the 1960s, centred on murders at the British Imperial Electric Company, a (fictional) family-owned defence contractor building the Standfast surface-to-air missile.

One of the company’s directors is seen reading your favourite aviation magazine and remarking: “I see we got a good write-up in Flight…”

Saving Trident

Tony Jarrett updates us on the effort to restore the last example of a Hawker Siddeley Trident IC. The project needs £3,000 ($4,700) to carry out work earmarked for this year.

The aircraft – G-ARPO – the 16th Trident built and the last 1C variant to fly, was dismantled from its last resting place at Teesside airport and brought to the Sunderland aircraft museum in 2011.

The volunteers behind the project have already raised £1,100 and say the trijet has been “transformed quite a lot”.

This year, they want to finish the flightdeck and fore galley as well as paint the fuselage.

If you want to see how G-ARPO was moved to its latest home, check progress or contribute to the project, go to


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