Posts Tagged ‘flying’

airline meals

June 25, 2012

It’s advertising heavy, but just in case you wanted to find out how other travellers fare, try:

Yuri Gagarin

April 12, 2011

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s journey into space. For 108 minutes, Gagarin was the first human to complete an orbit of the Earth and return. Here’s something from the BBC with links and clips:

World’s shortest commercial flight

April 4, 2011

The distance covered by this scheduled flight service between Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands is apparently shorter than the main runway at Edinburgh airport. The video clip, which includes takeoff and landing, lasts only about two and a half minutes.

Battle of Britain

August 23, 2010

This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain when the RAF destroyed Hitler’s plans to invade the British Isles. Here are a few sites with information and archive footage about the battle, including the RAF Roll of Honour for the Few:


Air Traffic Control Simulator

August 19, 2010

TOTD has been thinking a lot about flying recently since the trip to the RAF Museum at Hendon. Aircraft enthusiasts also have the Bournemouth Air Festival and the American Air Day at Duxford to look forward to this week.

Budding air traffic controllers can have a go at this simulator. It has the combined attributes of being both the slowest and the hardest online ‘game’ that TOTD has tried.

Glass-bottomed hot air balloon

August 16, 2010

Standing on the glass floor in Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower is one thing, but a glass floor in a balloon basket is a very different prospect. The maiden flight took place on 12 August and this site has some good pictures and an impressive video clip.

The balloon, in the form of a dragon with a giant pallet on its back, is pretty remarkable too.

Duct tape – don’t leave home without it

March 18, 2010

One question: did the fisherman leave with the original pilot or the one that flew in the supplies?

Scary aircraft landings

September 8, 2009

TOTD is flying to Edinburgh today, so now seems as good a time as any to view some footage of aircraft battling against strong crosswinds.

Virtual Pilot

February 23, 2009

How good are you at locating European cities on a map? Well you can test your knowledge and have a bit of fun with this destination game on the Lufthansa site:

Can you beat our Map Librarian’s personal best score of 25,316?

If you need to do a bit of revision first then do drop in to the Map Library and ask for a map of Europe.