Corrections are the real mistakes
HAVING read the condescending quasi corrections by Philip Sherwood (Gazette Nov 30), over my previous letter, he says ‘many errors’. His own so-called facts, are the real errors.
I did not say the airport started in the 1930s. I said Heathrow did. He clearly has no real knowledge of the history of Heathrow.
Heathrow started on the January 1 1930 as Heathrow Aerodrome (one of three names used).
Richard Fairy bought the land off of the vicar of Harmonsworth to test aircraft. The Ministry of Defence requisitioned it 1944 with other land for the war effort. It was not needed and in 1945, after the war, it was decided to turn it into an airport, opening January 1 1946. The first flight was to Buenos Aires.
Fantasy? The six runways were in the shape of the Star of David, plus another one through these making 7 in total.
These are in the YouTube video ‘1949 Documentary about the Construction of Heathrow Airport’.
He clearly ignores that half the country once used kerosene to heat their homes. Hydrocarbons it may be, but it is not highly toxic like diesel or petrol. He chooses to ignore the vast road network that is really responsible for the toxic pollution.
Also, Mr Sherwood clearly does not know the difference between an internal combustion engine and a jet engine. One uses compression and the other uses straight through fan assisted open ignition. Is he just jumping on the pollution band wagon clutching at straws with this giant red herring? All plastics are hydrocarbons, so not all hydrocarbons in use are toxic.
The growing debate is over toxic fumes in central London from buses and taxis from Oxford Street to Euston and Kings Cross St Pancras (a large number of diesel trains).