The Wright Brothers weren't the first to fly. They were
just the first not to crash.
WHOSE PLANE IS IT ANYWAY?
TODAY is a red-letter day for UK manufacturing... British engines get the A380 into the air, British wings keep it there and British landing gear brings it back to earth.
- The Times, 18 January 2005
'Good old Europe has made this possible,' German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told a packed hall in Airbus's headquarters in Toulouse, southwest France... In a speech to the assembled guests, Chirac called the aircraft 'a great success for Europe'.
- Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 18 January 2005
Half the aircraft parts, by value, are built by American companies. About half the engines will be made by General Electric/Pratt & Whitney Engine Alliance. B.F. Goodrich is building the landing gear. Honeywell is making cockpit electronics.
- USA Today, 19 January 2005
Questions that you might be able to answer after a visit to
Why were attempts on the World Speed Record commonly attempted in hotter areas of the world ?
What was the only all-British supersonic aircraft ?
What were the first two jet aircraft to enter service with the British Air Force ?
What were the two major innovations of German jet technology, that were "appropriated" by the Allies at the end of the War ?
What is the purpose of a swept-back wing ?
In Oct 2006, Alberto Santos-Dumont made a short flight in Paris, which was believed at the time to be the first ever aircraft flight. In the subsequent events, his name seems to have been forgotten (outside France and Brazil anyway). There are a couple of books around to learn more of him
A Night of Bright Stars, a fictionalized account by Richard Llewellyn. ISBN 0 7181 1782 4
These are pages are a selection of those which were previously installed on the site of the North East Aircraft Museum, before I was told to pack everything in for the major crime of displaying an item from the well-known satirical magazine
Private Eye, which committed the unforgiveable sin of criticising an action of the Sunderland City Council.
Today a visitor to the museum has presented us with a
print-out from your neam.co.uk site - it features a reference to 'Rotten
Borough Awards 2005 Piss-up of the year' and refers to Sunderland Council.
We wish to advise you that the City of Sunderland Council has been very
supportive of the museum for the past 22 years and we consider the
to be wholly inappropriate and unsupported by the members of the museum.
At a meeting at the museum, held today, 14 members approved that that you
asked to delete all reference to the North East Aircraft Museum from the
Tomorrow I will be contacting Sunderland City Council to dis-associate
from the content of the neam.co.uk site.
You are very pathetic for messing up a website that people want to visit.