Empire of the Clouds

5 January 2011 | Media

I picked this book up on a whim – and because I’m a geek when it comes to aircraft. Between the end of World War II and the late ‘60s Britain built a lot of interesting aircraft. Most of them with a remarkable lack of commercial success. James Hamilton-Paterson’s book...

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The First Flight to Australia

5 July 2010 | Transport

In November last year, driving up the coast from Galway in Ireland, I came to the lonely stretch of Irish bog where Alcock and Brown touched down on 15 June 1919 after making the first flight across the Atlantic. Later I went to the Science Museum in London to look at...

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