The de Havilland Comet Air Disasters Revealed

de Havilland Comet Prototype at Hatfield AerodromeOn 27 July 1949 de Havilland’s chief test pilot, John Cunningham, took the Comet prototype out on its maiden flight. The aircraft took-off from Hatfield Aerodrome and flew for 31 minutes with Harold Waters as co-pilot, John Wilson and Frank Reynolds as flight engineers and Tony Fairbrother as the test observer. The success of this first flight gave the company the confidence to show the aircraft off at the Farnborough Air Show the same year, before the prototype began its flight trials. A second prototype was soon completed and was delivered to BOAC, where it went through 500 hours of route proving work and aircrew training.
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My new book is published today

Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation
By Richard Edwards and Peter J Edwards


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This week Pen and Sword Books published Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation by Sussex authors Richard and Peter Edwards.

The book tells the dramatic stories of Britain’s aviation pioneers, the men and women who often risked everything to be the first into the skies, to fly the furthest, the highest and the fastest. Continue reading “My new book is published today”

Maiden flight of the Concorde

Concorde Prototype, Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Without doubt the British Aircraft Corporation’s (BAC) most memorable contribution to British aviation was the Aérospatiale BAC Concorde, the world’s only supersonic passenger airliner.

The Concorde 001 made its maiden flight on 2 March 1969, when pilot French Major André Edouard Turcat took-off from Toulouse Airport for the first time. The aircraft made its first supersonic flight on 1 October 1969. The British prototype, Concorde 002, made its maiden flight on 9 April 1969, when pilot Brian Trubshaw flew the aircraft from Filton to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Continue reading “Maiden flight of the Concorde”