The aerial tankers that helped shrink the globe

Aerial refuelling has been enthusiastically embraced by air forces around the world since the 1950s. Will we now see airliners refuelled the same way? By Mark Piesing 20 December 2016 Oriiginall article : BBC Future “When I spent time on alert when the Cold War was on, I had to spend a week underground in a bunker,” says Chris Hoctor, former crew member of a … Continue reading The aerial tankers that helped shrink the globe

The jet that flew higher than any plane

In 1957, a British jet bomber flew higher than any aircraft before it. Nearly 60 years later, engineers are attempting to get this historic aircraft back in the air. By Stephen Dowling19 December 2016 On 28 August 1957, the flight crew of an English Electric Canberra jet bomber climbed into their waiting aircraft, WK163, at a base in Luton, taxied onto the runway, and soared … Continue reading The jet that flew higher than any plane