Happy Birthday Powered Flight!
Today, the 17th December 2013 marks the recognition of 110 remarkable years of revolutionary technology, intrepid exploration and inspirational leaders who (in Bert Hinkler’s words) have “flown the ships off the oceans”.
It’s 110 years today since Wilbur Wright flew the Wright Flier for 12 seconds, flying just 36 metres (half the A380′s wingspan), watched by brother Orville and sister Katherine and NO press. (Katherine was probably the third person and first women to fly a powered aircraft.)
It’s 110 years since the first powered flight, 109 years since Rolls-Royce produced their first car, 44 years since Neil Armstrong landed on the moon and 34 years since the first commercial fly by wire aircraft (Concorde) took to the skies.
It’s 110 years of contributions by my forebears, uncles, father, son – and your forebears.
High technology in an industry that boasts the world’s best safety systems and safety records.
Thank you to the inspired and inspirational who have achieved (I think) the most remarkable and impossible! We should all be so very proud of our team efforts!