4. Samuel Franklin Cody (1867 – 1913), born in Iowa, was the first man to fly a heavier than air machine in England.  This took place on Laffan’s Plain - now Farnborough Airport - on 16th October 1908.  It was home-built - British Army Aeroplane No 1.  After his success, somewhat as today, the War Office saw no future for flying machines.  He became a British subject at a ceremony on Doncaster racecourse two years after his death. This followed the in-flight break up of his aircraft.  About 100,000 people attended his funeral.

 

7. G-ACDA - the first prototype Gipsy Major III powered DH82A Tiger Moth; it joined the de Havilland School of Flying at Stag Lane in February 1933, later serving with the RAF as BB724 before disposal in 1943. The marque was a primary trainer with the RAF from the early 1930’s until it was superseded by the DHC Chipmunk in 1952. Over 7,000 were built in the UK. The author gained his PPL in 1958 on one through an RAF flying scholarship. It is said to be easy to fly, but difficult to fly well, demonstrating adverse yaw requiring both rudder and stick-back in the turn.

 

29. Hurricane 1 R4118 – UP-W had flown in the Battle of Britain, in which it was shot down.  It was exported to India where it was found by Peter Vacher and repatriated in a delapidated state in 2001.  It flew at my garden party at Brooklands Museum, June 2011.

 

10. The tail section of HS Trident 1 G-ARPI (Papa India) which crashed in a deep stall at Staines 150 seconds after brake release London Heathrow on 18 June 1972.  All 118 people on board were killed. Mismanagement of the droop, a leading edge lift device, and cardiovascular ill-health of the fifty-one year old pilot were contributory factors.

 

11. Electrocardiogram at the point of a “cardiac arrest”.  ST reflects the injury current following obstruction of the (right) coronary artery.  R on T is the premature (ventricular) contraction which provokes ventricular tachycardia, then fibrillation.  The blood pressure, BP, drops to zero and the subject is unconscious in 10 seconds, and brain dead - without resuscitation - in three minutes. The patient – who was in the cardiac care unit – was successfully resuscitated.

 

15. Haggis, Patrick Forman’s kitten. She was given him by a night nurse during the first of two years spent in St Thomas’s Hospital, London, in 1944 – 45. He was being treated for tuberculosis. She used to be let out in her harness to answer calls of nature. One day she escaped and was returned by the matron, Miss G V L Hillyers.

 

19. Cessna 340 IIA G-LIZA, somewhere in Europe, probably Belgium. For once it is VMC (Visual Meteorological Conditions). The logo of the European Society of Cardiology on the tail surprised Professor Paul Hugenholtz, the president, at a meeting in Santiago de Compostela. Shortly after the photograph was taken we were admonished for admiring a large Russian transport aircraft surrounded by lantern jawed guards armed with Kalashnikov AK 47s.

 

33. BAC/Sud-Aviation Concorde taking off from London Heathrow in 2001.  The cloud over the upper surface of the wings is due to super-saturated air at higher velocity, and lower pressure, caused by incident flow over the trapped vortices behind the the leading edge of the wing.  On rotation the aircraft is also pushed up on a wedge of air.  The trailing edge has elevons which act together as elevators, and differentially as ailerons. The shock diamonds of the after-burners are not visible from this angle.