This week's issue commemorates a splendid occasion and one unique in living memory: the Coronation of a young and lovely Queen Elizabeth II.

Many have already sought to associate her reign, as yet so brief, with that of her Royal namesake. Queen Elizabeth I; and though the personality of our present Queen could scarcely be less like that of her ancestor, the analogy is not inappropriate.

The last half of the sixteenth century is with justification remembered as a golden age when this nation and country rose to greatness through the efforts of wise statesmen, brave seamen and soldiers, and industrious and thrifty merchants. Today, men of comparable foresight, bravery and skill offer us hope for the preservation of our nation's greatness and mature influence for good. But to their number must be added the scientists and engineers and those who sail the air in the products of their skill.

Source: Flight International