One of our Bombs is Missing

One of our Bombs is Missing

A B17 crew training before deploying to Europe during WW2 managed to put a little town in Oklahoma on the map but not in the way they might like!

 

The M38A2 100lb practice bomb was no small device when dropped from a few thousand feet!

 

How the centre of Boise City might have looked on the night it was bombed!

 

The B17 Flying Fortress.

 

 

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Doug Kerr, the USAF, Google World and Airwolfhound.

The Checker Board

The Checker Board

Hong Kong’s old airport, Kai Tak, was always a challenging approach for any pilot, particularly during the Typhoon season but what was it like to actually fly around the Checker Board.  Hopefully, this Tale explains all.

 

One particular Captain’s very last Kai Tak landing.

 

Aircraft on the approach would just clear the apartment blocks of Kowloon.

 

How the airport looked in the late ’60s before the IGS was built.

 

A 747-400 ran off the end of Runway 13 into the harbour. The military blew off its fin because it jutted up into the take off path.

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Christian Hanuise, Barbara Spengler and Ywchow.

The Hardest Job in the Air Force

The Hardest Job in the Air Force

On the APG show we have been discussing why the percentage of airline pilots in a stable relationship is so much higher than the average population. In this interview we discover what it’s like to be a pilot’s wife.

The photograph I took of Mrs A on the day we met.
Taking the kids on their daly ride around the Base to see the kangaroos!
The Airline Pilot’s Wife.
34 Seconds to Touch Down

34 Seconds to Touch Down

We have recently been listening to Adam Spink describe the sight of a Boeing 777 crash on the threshold of runway 27L at Heathrow airport whilst he was the Air Traffic supervisor in the tower. On this tale we look at the technical reasons for why BA38 lost power on its approach.

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the NTSB.

Adam Spink and Speedbird 38, Part 2

Adam Spink and Speedbird 38, Part 2

The second part of the interview with Adam Spink, the Heathrow tower Supervisor and Birthday Boy on the day that Speedbird 38 crashed on the threshold of Runway 27L at Heathrow.  In this final part we talk about the aftermath of the accident.

 

 

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Maarten Visser, Alchetron, the AAIB and UK Gov.

Adam Spink and Speedbird 38, Part 1

Adam Spink and Speedbird 38, Part 1

Observing a large wide body airliner crash is, mercifully, a rare occurrence but to have one crash onto your airfield when working as the Air Traffic Supervisor in the control tower puts it in a completely different category of amazing!  This is Adams story of the day it happened to him at London’s Heathrow airport.

 

G-YMMM, the accident airframe a few years before.

 

Speedbird 38 after the crash.

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Marc-Antony Payne, Aero Icarus.