Built by Wolseley Motors in 1917 but not delivered to No 84 Squadron RAF in France until November 1918, this glorious SE5a saw action on the last full day of WWI piloted by Major C E M Pickthorn MC, the squadron commander, when he successfully destroyed a Fokker DVII over Belgium. Little did he know that less than 24 hours later the guns would fall silent, and the Great War would finally be over. Which makes this rare and precious survivor doubly significant, commemorating not just 100 years since the end of the conflict, but also the centenary of the RAF.
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😲Dramatic Boeing 727 crash-test reveals that sitting in the cheap seats of a plane could save your life!! On April 27, 2012, a team of scientists staged an airplane crash into the Sonoran desert in Mexico. The unmanned Boeing 727-200, fitted with 170 crash-test dummies with breakable bones, cameras and sensors. The dummies were categorically arranged in three different positions on board the plane: one in the classic brace and wearing a seat-belt; one belted but not in the brace position; and one neither belted nor in the brace. After the pilot parachuted out of the plane at 2,500ft, the jet was guided towards the ground by a pilot in a following Cessna via a remote-control device. On impact first 11 rows of seats ripped out as the nose of the plane dipped and the front of the fuselage sheared off. These rows would usually be where the most expensive seats would be located.A force of 12G was recorded in the front of the remaining cabin while, further back in the plane, the force dropped to 6G.Experts concluded that no first-class passengers would have survived the impact but 78 per cent of the remaining passengers would have lived, with the chances of survival increasing the further back they were seated.They also found that the dummy in the brace position would have survived the impact, the one not in the brace would have suffered serious head injuries, and the dummy not wearing a seat-belt would have perished.First class air travel offers plenty of perks but it seems that increased safety isn't one of them.
Yes, she is! Consolidated B-24D Liberator as she flew for the 512th Bomb Squadron out of North Africa. The same unit that Lady Be Good operated and was lost in the Sahara desert returning from a mission.
One of my most memorable flights ever
Teheran (IKA) -Mumbai (BOM) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀