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118,095. Over the last century British Airways has become one of our most iconic companies. It launched the world’s first international flight service. The first jetliner. And the first ever supersonic passenger plane. But it has also faced very turbulent times. The struggle to keep up with the competition and was forced to make tough decisions in order to survive. This is the story of a thoroughly British airlines and its first 100 years in the sky. British Airways: 100 Years in the Sky, Channel 5 2018
118,096. Can trace its origins back to Imperial Airways: formed in 1924 when the government brought together four struggling domestic carriers with the promise of a one million pound injection. ibid.
118,097. Christmas Eve 1924: one of their planes nosedived from a low altitude, crashed and burst into flames … all eight people on board died. ibid.
118,098. During the war BOAC connecting the United Kingdom with its allies around the world. ibid.
118,099. Britain’s entire Comet fleet was grounded while the jetliner went through a radical new design. ibid.
118,100. British Airways’ security measures were transformed in the wake of the Black September hijackings. ibid.
118,275. A new company emerged from the government-led amalgamation of BOAC and BEA into the modern airline we know now. British Airways: 100 Years in the Sky II
118,276. Into these stormy skies came a revolution: Concorde. ibid.
118,277. The Shuttle flew for nearly 20 years but eventually the company couldn’t make the numbers work. ibid.
118,278. Freddie Laker saw himself as David to BA’s Goliath and wanted to democratise air travel. ibid.
118,279. ‘British Airways was privatised in 1987.’ ibid.
118,280. It fought a PR war in the wake of the dirty tricks scandal. ibid.
118,154. The Boeing 747: the world’s first wide-bodied jet. So wide the Wright brother’s historic flight was shorter than its wingspan. And it was much more than just a big aircraft. But there’s a hidden story to the jumbo: it was a billion dollar gamble that stretched technology to the limits. Jumbo: The Plane that Changed the World, BBC 2018
118,155. Now they had to turn a wooden mock up into a real flying machine. The race was on. In wind tunnels they evaluated the aircraft. ibid.
118,156. 30th September 1968: with paint still wet and parts missing the prototype was rolled out to an expectant press and public. ibid.
118,157. Boeing cut its workforce by nearly two-thirds: 60,000 jobs were lost. ibid.
122,239. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. Five runways handle up to 250 flights an hour. Security staff check 95,000 bags every day. The airport handles two million passengers a week. And it employs 63,000 staff. The Secret Life of the World’s Busiest Airport, Channel 5 2018
122,240. It’s the home base for Delta Airlines, one of the biggest carriers in the world. ibid.
122,241. A vast subterranean network moving passengers and baggage. ibid.
122,242. Two massive terminals and seven concourses spread across the two-mile-long access of the airport. ibid.
122,243. 114 food outlets dotted throughout the airport. ibid.
122,244. Every year more than 3,000,000,000 air passengers head for the skies. The vast majority return safely to earth without incident. But a small number experience life changing moments they will never forget. (Aircraft & Accident) World’s Wildest Flights s1e1: LOT Polish Airlines Flight 16, Channel 5 2018
122,245. A terrifying mid-air smash 12,000 feet over Wisconsin. The sickening end to a sky-high love pact, and the horror of engine failure over Australia’s shark-infested western seas. (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,246. LOT Polish Airlines Flight 16: November 2011 New Jersey USA … an evening departure from Newark Airport … There is a critical malfunction to the control system … The terror of an emergency landing in a near 200-ton plane without any wheels … The pilot finally announces to the passengers he has been unable to lower the undercarriage and the plane will be making an emergency landing without any wheels … ‘He did a fantastic job.’ (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,247. November 2013 North Wisconsin USA: ‘We could hear the propellers kind of chewing into our airplane’ … ‘It was like a war zone in the sky’ … ‘You could not recreate this kind of a crash and have this good an outcome ever.’ (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,248. California: Darrell Hamilton junior … he made a sign asking her to marry him – Merry Me [sic] – and then chartered a plane to fly her over his unfortunately misspelt love letter … ‘he immediately went down and started throwing up’ … It’s straight back to base. (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,249. June 2017 Perth Australia Air Asia D7237: ‘There was a massive bang’ … a stomach-churning vibration kicks in … a catastrophic failure to the left-hand engine … in an area known as Shark Bay … A fearful two-hour journey home for the shaken passengers. (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,270. It’s one of our greatest fears: being on a plane when something goes badly wrong. This series reveals what it’s like to live through catastrophic events on board an aircraft. (Aircraft & Accident) World’s Worst Flights s1e1: Landings, Channel 5 2018
122,271. Worldwide 100,000 flights take off and land each day. But coming back down to earth safely is not always straightforward. Almost 60% of all fatal airline accidents occur during approach and landing. (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,272. 21st September 2005 Los Angeles: At 3:31 pm JetBlue flight 292 took off with 141 passengers on board … (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,273. Pilot error is the leading cause of airline accidents … Sometimes extreme weather conditions are to blame. (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,275. 1:51 pm: the airbus A319 turned back towards Dallas … 25 minutes after the engine failure flight NK165 began its final approach … (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,276. At 12:55 pm Cathay Pacific flight CX884 took off for LA … Flight XC884 prepared to ditch into the middle of the Pacific ocean … Eight and half hours after takeoff they were safe … An equipment cooling fan below the floor had failed and the crew noticed smoke around the cockpit area. Ditching at sea had been avoided. (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,277. Landing is frought with danger. 29th December 2014 Gatwick … Virgin Atlantic flight V43 … The Boeing 747 was close to full capacity … The hydraulics were malfunctioning, and one of the main sets of landing gear was jammed inside the plane … First, they needed to lose weight … A dangerously unstable landing … (Aircraft & Accident) ibid.
122,281. No security system is perfect, and when a security system fails, passengers’ lives are put in danger. (Aeroplane & Bomb) World’s Worst Flights s1e2: Bomb on Board
122,282. 31st May 2017 Melbourne: Malaysia Airlines flight 128: ‘I came across a man dressed all in black, with dark skin, a beard, beanie pulled down over his eyes, holding a big black object’ … ‘Somebody stuck their foot out and tripped him up’ … Special forces stormed the plane. (Aeroplane & Bomb) ibid.
122,283. There have many attempts to storm a cockpit or blow up a plane. (Aeroplane & Bomb) ibid.
122,284. Daallo Airlines flight 159 2nd February 2016: There was a large blast from inside the plane … The blast had punctured a four-foot hole in the side of the plane … ‘The authorities tried to blame the crew’ … Airport workers handed him [passenger] a laptop that contained a bomb. (Aeroplane & Bomb) ibid.
122,285. Alexandria Egypt March 2016 EgyptAir flight 181 to the capital Cairo … ‘One of the cabin crew started collecting the passports’ … ‘One of the stewardesses said, Apparently we are hijacked’ … (Aeroplane & Bomb) ibid.
122,286. 5th August 2014 Qatar Airways 23 from Doha to Manchester: Just 100 metres from the plane’s wingtip was an RAF fighter jet … A passenger in a green T-shirt … ‘They just dragged him out the seat and pinned him to the ground’ … It was a hoax.’ (Aeroplane & Bomb & Hoax) ibid.
122,287. Vigilance can sometimes lead to false alarms. (Aeroplane & Bomb)
122,288. New York 27th March 2012 early morning JetBlue flight 191 … ‘We grabbed him and pulled him away from the door’ … ‘We are able to pin the pilot on the belly of the plane and restraining him was a difficult task’ … As passengers restrained the pilot, the co-pilot declared an emergency … ‘We started a very very rapid and steep descent’ … Ready to board were the emergency services … (Aeroplane & Emergency) ibid.
125,931. Over 120 million passengers take to the skies from British airports every year. Most of us fly economy with only 1% choosing first class. First Class vs Economy: Is It Worth It? Channel 5 2019
125,932. Whether it’s worth it spending the price of a small car on first-class travel … You can pay between £600 and £1000 for an economy seat to Washington: for that you get snacks and a four-course meal; a free bar can help relax the joints … If you’re prepared to shell out around ten times the amount, you get a whole lot more: each first class seat takes up the space of six standard … a completely different level of luxury. ibid.
129,167. For over a hundred years battles have raged in the air for command of the skies. Since its earliest beginning in World War I, the airplane is the supreme weapon of the armed forces. It revolutionised battle and changed the ways war was fought and won. (War & World War II & Aeroplane) Wings of War I: Bombers, Discovery 2019
129,168. A new kind of warfare is unleashed: blitzkrieg. (War & World War II & Aeroplane) ibid.
129,169. At the height of the Cold War between the Superpowers, the B52 … goes toe to toe in a global face-off. (War & Aeroplane) ibid.
129,170. The largest payload of any World War II bombers … Over 7,000 Lancasters were built … 150,000 sorties during the course of the Second World War. (War & World War II & Aeroplane) ibid.
129,171. The British now had a bomb which could bounce … The Lancaster’s approach run had to be spot-on. (War & World War II & Aeroplane) ibid.
129,172. The B17s were at their most exposed on a bomb run. (War & World War II & Aeroplane) ibid.
129,463. Aircraft bred a new kind of hero. The fate of entire nations depended on the bravery of a handful of men. (Cold War & Aeroplane) Wings of War II: Bandits, Secrets & Spies
129,464. The Nighthawk – the world’s first stealth bomber. (Cold War & Aeroplane) ibid.
129,465. In 1954 President. Eisenhower approved the ultra-secret project the U2. (Cold War & Aeroplane) ibid.
129,466. Gary Powers’ trial began on 17th April 1960. He apologised to the Soviets and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. (Cold War & Aeroplane) ibid.
129,467. Enter the Blackbird – generally regarded as America’s most successful spy plane. (Cold War & Aeroplane) ibid.