In direct correlation to my earlier article regarding the death of the trijet commercial airliner, the drive to create more efficient and economically sound jet aviation has also resulted in the gradual decline of the once revered quadjet. While a few stragglers remain, the number of jet airliner models with four engines has been largely … More The Rise and Fall of the Quadjet
In the breakneck age of early jet travel, it was a race between the transatlantic superpowers to become king of the skies. To combat America’s rising star, the Boeing 707, Britain hoped that its latest development, the Vickers VC10, would be the answer to our prayers. Instead, however, it came to encompass all that was … More Review: Vickers VC10
20 years ago today, on a warm July evening just after midnight, the lights at one of the world’s most famous airports were dimmed and shut off for the final time; heralding the end of a spectacular era in jet aviation. If you’d told Wilbur and Orville Wright that one day gigantic aircraft carrying upwards … More Kai Tak Airport – 20 years on
It won the Top Gear Car of the Year award in 2003. With those credentials it must be something good! The Vauxhall VX220, known in Europe as the Opel Speedster, is barely a Vauxhall when you consider its roots. The car is just a Lotus Elise with a different body, sharing the same platform and … More Top 25 Everyday Classic Cars: 23. Vauxhall VX220
Built during the era when the aviation industry was starting to be brought to the masses, the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar was born to compete with the Boeing 747 and the Douglas DC-10. Though highly reliable and arguably the best of the bunch, fate sadly conspired against it, with its engine manufacturer going bankrupt before production … More Review: Lockheed L-1011 Tristar
Today, Canada has one of the largest aviation industries in the world; supported by the world-beating Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop as well as a slew of regional and executive jet airliners. However, one thing that many people may not have known is that Canada was well on the verge of pioneering commercial jet aviation way … More Review: Avro Canada C102 Jetliner
In modern days, there’s a common misconception that Britain doesn’t build cars any more. The truth is actually quite the contrary, in fact we build millions of cars across dozens of plants from the far north to the south coast. However, the most crucial factor of it all is the reality that none of the … More What trashed the British car industry? – Part 1: BMC
In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for air travellers to find themselves being ferried from place to place on jet airliners fitted with three engines. The 1960’s and 70’s were truly the era of the Trijet, with craft such as the DC-10, the L-1011 Tristar and the Boeing 727 being icons of this pioneering episode … More What killed the Trijet?