Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation

The dramatic story of the engineering innovators and the pilots who broke countless records. The heroes are Britain’s most innovative aviation pioneers and their aircraft, the men and women who persevered to be the first into the air, to fly the fastest, the highest and the furthest. This broad and highly accessible books ranges from the first man to fly across the English Channel from England to France to the development of the Spitfire and from the R101 disaster to the development of the jet engine and the world’s first supersonic airliner.
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Hunting the BAC One-Eleven Jet Airliner

BAC One-Eleven 510 DuxfordThe first aircraft to be branded British Aircraft Corporation was the BAC One-Eleven, a short-range jet airliner, which became one of Britain’s best-selling airliners. Originally designed by Hunting Aircraft, the One-Eleven was intended as a replacement for the Vickers Viscount and made its maiden flight on 20 August 1963. The design was highly successful and it saw service well into the 1990s. The One-Eleven could carry up to 119 passengers and was operated by numerous airlines, including British United Airways, British Airways, Braniff Airways and American Airlines.
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From Brabazon to Britannia: Bristol’s Post-War Civil Aviation Developments

Bristol BrabazonOn 23 December 1942 the British government established a special committee chaired by Lord Brabazon of Tara to investigate the country’s post-war civil aviation needs. The Brabazon Committee’s final report outlined the need for a number of key aircraft to be developed, which included a long-haul transatlantic airliner, a smaller shorter-haul airliner that could service the Empire routes and a high-speed jet-engine airliner capable of speeds in excess of 500mph.

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