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Straight & Level 12 February

Warning: engine on the looseFollowing our item on the piston engine test on 12 February, John Wiseman sends in an extract from a “fascinating paper” by Kimble McCutcheon on the development of the Pratt & Whitney R-2800. It concerns an incident observed by test engineer Dana Waring.“Waring was observing an engine running at full power […]

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Straight & Level 5 March

Messerschmitt at 10 o’clock!Wolf Czaia shares an update on “White 3″, a restored Messerschmitt Me262, which he recently ferried from its hangar at Paine Field, Washington to Suffolk County Airport in Virginia. Converted into a two-seat configuration, Czaia, with lead mechanic Mike Anderson, took the pioneering jet on its 4,000km cross-country trip.“As our FAA operating […]

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Straight & Level 26 February

Boris’s hub is short of billionsSome confusion over London Mayor Boris Johnson’s planned tour of the Middle East to raise funds for a new super-hub airport in the Thames Estuary, with the London Evening Standard claiming he will attempt to raise up to £80 million ($145 million) from Gulf states to cover “the cost of […]

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Straight & Level 19 February

  “Being stuck back here in dromedary class is really giving me the hump.” Our sympathies for the chap with the bucket and mop at the end of this Il-76 flight   Iconic Cold War engine for saleThanks to a lucky reprieve by a scrap metal merchant some 45 years ago, you can now buy […]

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Straight & Level 19 February

  “Being stuck back here in dromedary class is really giving me the hump.” Our sympathies for the chap with the bucket and mop at the end of this Il-76 flight   Iconic Cold War engine for saleThanks to a lucky reprieve by a scrap metal merchant some 45 years ago, you can now buy […]

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Straight & Level 12 February

BA takes its tea to new heightsTired of the laws of thermodynamics standing in the way of a decent cuppa, British Airways (come on, who else?) has started offering a new altitude-resistant blend of tea to its customers.Let’s spare you the tedious discourse on vapour pressure and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation. The upshot is that water’s […]

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Straight & Level 5 February

St Maarten lands best approachSt Maarten in the Caribbean – where airliners cast a shadow over seaside sunbathers as they come into land – has been voted the world’s most spectacular airport approach. The holiday destination beat another island, and last year’s winner, Barra in the Outer Hebrides – the only airport where scheduled aircraft […]

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Straight & Level 22 January 2013

End of an era as tower tumblesPeter Bish asks us to join him in mourning the passing of his office for many years, the 38.8m (127ft) control tower at Heathrow, which has just been demolished as part of the modernisation of the airport’s Terminals 1 and 2.The tower, along with the whole of the original […]

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An MAS gets old before its time, the Fred Flintstone aircraft and Gangnam-style gliding

Here’s a chance to read the Straight & Level page from Flight International, 8 January:   Boeing old before its time Malaysia Airlines probably thought it had the perfect publicity opportunity when, to mark its 40th anniversary, it repainted one of its 737-800s in the carrier’s original 1972 livery. However, the Jakarta Post got the […]

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