OT: BBC4, 7 Jul, "High Flyers"

Old Jul 7, 11, 10:04 am
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OT: BBC4, 7 Jul, "High Flyers"

BBC4 tonight, at 2100.
"High Flyers" ... How Britain took to the Air.
The Golden Age of Air Travel in the 20's and 30's.

Ahhh ... Imperial Airways, with the wind whistling though the rigging wires and refuelling stops in seriously remote locations.
The CW seat is infinitely more comfortable than the wicker chairs we used to get: they didn't recline, you know

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Old Jul 7, 11, 10:38 am
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It is, indeed, a repeat, having been first shown in 2009.
If you're in the UK, you'll be able to catch it online here after broadcast.
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Old Jul 7, 11, 10:54 am
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Them were the days and you didn't get people moaning about delays and poor food either. Todays air travellers are far too damn soft.

The romance of it all......walking across the windy apron at Renfrew airport holding on to your trilby. Climbing the steps of the parked Dragon Rapide to be whisked away to some exotic island like the Isle of Man......ahhhh, the memories.
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Old Jul 7, 11, 10:57 am
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Oh ... ooops ... last with the News again?

The H.P. 42 only does about 100 knots on a good day

Oh, well, for those who missed it the first time ... it's on again.
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Originally Posted by HIDDY View Post
Climbing the steps of the parked Dragon Rapide to be whisked away to some exotic island like the Isle of Man......ahhhh, the memories.
Or landing on the beach in St Aubin's Bay at St Helier ... when the tide was out, of course. Those were the days of REAL TP runs

I bet they didn't complain about the sausages!
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And of course the cost back then was huge.

When my Grandma and Granddad were flying to SIN in F in the 1960s they could have bought a medium sized house for the price of the tickets!
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And of course the cost back then was huge.
When my Grandma and Granddad were flying to SIN in F in the 1960s they could have bought a medium sized house for the price of the tickets!
I flew LHR-SIN free in 1967.


OK, so it was a British Eagle trooping flight, on a Britannia, but I was sat next to a single Nurse all the way, so it wasn't all bad
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I flew LHR-SIN free in 1967.


OK, so it was a British Eagle trooping flight, on a Britannia, but I was sat next to a single Nurse all the way, so it wasn't all bad
ahhh did you behave yoursleves!
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Originally Posted by origin View Post
ahhh did you behave yoursleves!
I can remember her sleeping against my shoulder ... that's as far as it got.

With stops in Turkey? India? Sri Lanka? to refuel, it was just a 24-hour PITA to be lived through. The next 2 1/2 years were nice, though.
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I can remember her sleeping against my shoulder ... that's as far as it got.

With stops in Turkey? India? Sri Lanka? to refuel, it was just a 24-hour PITA to be lived through. The next 2 1/2 years were nice, though.
The stops are one of the reasons why the old contracts of the BA staff are such a mess. These days planes can fly longer and further than they did bacj in the day.

I presume that you lived out there for the two + years.
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I presume that you lived out there for the two + years.
It would appear he was trooping out there!
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It would appear he was trooping out there!
Serving Queen and Country, Sah! Brown knees and that sort of thing [except when up in the ulu, when long trousers were essential]. And, of course, long sleeves and trousers everywhere after 1900, otherwise the mossies would get you and malaria was a possible consequence. Salt tablets daily, the malaria pills and all that stuff. Thank God the Empire allowed one to swill them down with Bombay and Slim, or 'dua Tiger besah, inche".

Ahhh ... happy days indeed. All 2 1/2 years of them anyway! Although we worked normal UK routine [0800-1700] to avoid civilian employment issues. Not like the slopy-shouldered blokes in the ME, who did a 5 hour day.

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