Pointers on planes and runways
I HAVE read K Rowland’s ‘twopennorth’ on Heathrow and he is inaccurate on several points. Firstly, Heath Row Airport WAS planned with six runways, in a “Star of David” layout but they were never all built.
Until recently, the now-disused runway 23 was one of the diagonal ones that were built.
Secondly, the Brabazon definitely DID visit Heathrow – I was there and saw it close up.
He is correct on its commercial and engineering lack of viability but it had EIGHT engines, not six! I was also fortunate enough to go aboard the equally invalid Princess flying boat which had TEN engines (not at Heathrow!).
I hasten to add that I oppose the present expansion plans, at least on grounds of pollution and quality of life.