Described by General Eisenhower as one of the 4 weapons that helped the Allies to win the WWII, Douglas DC3 and its military variant the C-47 Skytrain (Dakota in RAF service) has since gone on to be an instantly symbol of both air travel and the liberation of taken lands that so characterized the WWII.
Boeing 747 represents more emotions than maybe any other airliner and is affectionately known as Jumbo . Its successor the 747-8, which offers innovation, new technology and efficiency, made its first flight on 20 March 2011.
Boeing 707 prototype first flew in 1954 and the first order were made by Pan American in 1955. Later in 1956 BOAC ordered 18 of the larger 707-420 ‘Intercontinental’ version of this Boeing, powered by Rolls Royce Conway engines.
Second World War had seriously affected Great Britain’s capacity to proceed with airliner developement, and it was realised that the USA should have virtual domination in this field unless efforts were maked to catch up.
The first Vanguard made its maiden flight on 20th January 1959, and BEA ordered 20 of the V951 model. They entered service to replace Viscounts on many European routes. In the event BEA only accepted six of these aircraft, having the remainder delivered as V953 Vanguards IIs. The fuselage of the Vanguard allowed considerable freight to be carried below...