Not in Canada!
Still debating whether to write – regretting that you don’t have a designated pedants’ corner – but here goes.
Very interesting review of Yesterday we were in America but one word gave a bit of a jolt. ‘Once at St John’s in Canada, other fliers…’ At that time, St John’s was not in Canada, it was capital of a separate UK colony. Newfoundland and Laborador only joined Canada after a referendum in 1948 – which was only narrowly in favour of joining Canada. (I spent the summer of 1966 as aircraft dispatcher at a medical mission in North Newfoundland, and the heated debate was still going on!)
Trivial point and overall very much enjoy monthly treat of the arrival of Pilot.
Patrick Earle by email
How good to see mention of the centenary of Alcock and Brown`s great epic feat of endurance mentioned by Dave Unwin in Pilot, June 2019. But why is nobody commemorating this event (nothing in ‘Calendar', other than an event at Brooklands with their Vimy replica?) Even the Science Museum, which has the original aeroplane has nothing planned! Compare this to Ireland which has planned major celebrations and even gone to the trouble of ‘borrowing’ the Alcock & Brown statue from Heathrow.
The Royal Aeronautical Society has a presentation at its London HQ on 3 June ‘A Century of Transatlantic Flying’. Halton Aeroplane Club is holding a Young Flyers Event to commemorate on Friday 14 June (the date in 1919 that Alcock & Brown took off from Newfoundland) and on the certificates awarded to the children fortunate enough to get a flight will be a note about the epic 1919 event. At least the Daily Mail, as an original promoter of early aviation, has given some recognition of Alcock & Brown`s achievement with a two-page feature in the issue published on Saturday 25 May.
My personal interest relates to Sir Arthur Whitton Brown's ashes being interred at St Margaret’s Church, Tyler’s Green (near High
Wycombe). I recently visited the RAF Museum at Cosford and was fortunate to see the ‘Twinkletoes’ cat mascot that accompanied Brown on their epic Atlantic crossing.
Almost as inept are British Airways’ celebration of their centenary: Aircraft Transport & Travel just about gets a mention, but nothing of the visionary George Holt Thomas who created the airline (and was also the driving force behind the creation of IATA). And BA’S ideas of historical colour schemes from the sixties/seventies are hardly representative of a century.
When enquiring why British Airways did not give greater recognition to Holt Thomas I was told “he was no more important than many other individuals in aviation history”. Except that that he is considered the true founder of Civil Air Transport on which British Airways are basing their centenary celebration!
Dave Scott by email