Bournemouth Aviation Museum: open cockpits and friendly people

Bournemouth is famed for its beaches, its cliffs and its pier but it has played key roles in British aviation through the decades. A flying boat departure point at Poole, Britain’s main air traffic control college and manufacture of two successful British airliners – the Vickers Viscount and BAC One-Eleven – all took place there. […]

The Concorde Story: 50 years on

Today, Saturday 2 March 2019, marks 50 years since the first flight of Concorde. On Sunday 2 March 1969, Concorde prototype F-WTSS took to the skies for the first time from Toulouse airport, France with Captain Andre Turcat at the controls. On 21 January 1976, I was 8 years old when the teacher told us […]

Heathrow Queen’s Building

Heathrow Queen’s Building. You must be of a certain age to remember the roof gardens at the Heathrow Queen’s Building at their best. Opened in 1956, along with Terminal 2 (then the ‘Europa Terminal’), the Queen’s Building sported an extensive viewing terrace, later extended onto the Terminal 2 roof. These early Heathrow buildings were demolished […]