Point­ers on planes and run­ways

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - DAVE CHINERY Hayes via email

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.

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