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Short Brothers

Short Brothers…the forgotten tra

Ask any man in the street to name a famous UK aircraft manufacturer and you will hear Vickers, de Havilland, Avro or Handley Page mentioned. You would be very unlikely to hear the name Shorts. However, this company was making balloons in 1897, became Short Brothers in 1908 and continued in the aviation business achieving many firsts until bought by Bombardier in 1989. In 1897 two brothers Eustace and Oswald Short, both living in Sussex, took a ride in a coal gas filled balloon.... more >

Comet 360 Pano

Click on image below to enter the Comet 360-degree flight deck tour.    more >

G-AXDN - New YouTube video

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Britannia 360 pano

Click on image below to enter the Britannia 360-degree flight deck tour.      more >

Boeing 707

Boeing 707 History

707…the start of a dynasty   The de Havilland Comet was the world’s first jet airliner. The de Havilland Comet 4 was also the world’s first jet airliner to carry fare-paying passengers across the Atlantic.... more >

Alcock & Brown

All in a lifetime

100 years on the 15th June 1919 the Vickers Vimy of Alcock and Brown 'landed' in Ireland to complete the first non stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  Landing is a loose term but as the old saying goes, 'if you can... more >


Flying to Jersey

Let’s go...to Jersey!   From the 1950s to the 1980s the British public who had the wherewithal to fly had two destinations at the top of their list. One was the Dutch bulb fields, with a stream of charter flights operating... more >

First of the Many

First of the Many

  On 13th June 1965 the prototype Britten Norman BN2 Islander G-ATCT took off from the grass airstrip at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. 54 years later the aircraft is still being produced, albeit now on the mainland at Lee on... more >

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