The 2021 Aviator is ready for a spin… but is it ready for prime time?
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the debut of the Aviator, the first commercial jetliner in the history of aviation.
The Aviator’s first flight, on May 25, 1991, was hailed by the media and the public alike as one of the greatest aviation moments of all time.
It was also the last flight of the aircraft to fly by British Airways before it was decommissioned and sold to China in 1994.
Aviation enthusiasts around the world have spent countless hours on YouTube discussing the history and design of the first flight.
Now the first Aviator fan has created an incredibly ambitious and detailed fan-made timeline for the aircraft’s life.
For his work, he received a $30,000 grant from the British Aerospace Foundation.
“The Aviant is the most significant aircraft in British Airways history, and it’s a privilege to work with the Foundation,” he said.
And for all those who have been following the Aviant’s history over the years, this is what they know so far.
The history of the flightThe first flight of an airliner was held back until April 27, 1940, when the company’s new chief executive, Sir David G. Gaunt, received the first charter for the first of a number of newly-designed planes, the Avios.
Gaunt, who was born in 1884, became the company president in June 1940, and a year later, the company launched the Aviojet.
In the same year, the Air Lines Authority (AAL) was created.
By 1940, the new AAL was able to commission more than 200 planes to be used for commercial flights.
That meant that the first flying Aviator was almost ready for the skies.
Its first flight was held on April 24, 1941, with a group of pilots and navigators on board.
After that, it flew to an unknown location for the flight of its first test flight, and then flew again to China, the second test flight for which the first test pilot, Robert H. Wright, was later promoted to the rank of pilot.
The first test flights of the new aircraft were held at a hangar at St Helens Airport in Surrey.
Wright and his navigators took off at 9:05am on April 26, 1941.
At 9:30am on the morning of April 27th, Wright, Wright’s navigator and flight engineer, were on board the aircraft.
He later told his wife that it was the longest flight of his life.
“It was a long journey from the base at St Helen’s to the Chinese airfield,” he later said.
“We were flying for seven or eight hours, and I remember it being pretty windy.
The wind was blowing very quickly, so I was really windy, too.”
The first commercial flight in the Aviators maiden voyageThe Aviats first commercial aircraft was named the Aviaux, after the French word for “first”.
After a short stay at RAF Mildenhall, the aircraft flew to Singapore on May 30, 1941 to fly a test flight.
After taking off from Singapore, the plane reached an altitude of 8,000 feet, and after a final approach at 5,000, the pilots and crew decided to turn back to the airport for another flight.
They were given a special code by the air traffic control centre.
A second test was then scheduled at 6,000ft, and by 10:30pm, the air force wanted the first plane back in the sky.
But the pilot, Wright and navigator, Robert Gaunt had to abandon the aircraft, and instead make the short trip to an unidentified location, where they were met by a British Airways staff member.
“Robert was going to take the plane out for a test, and we were going to wait for him on the ground, and he would come back to us, and be the pilot,” Wright said.
“He went to the front of the plane, and said, ‘I’m going to fly the last plane out.’ “
“The plane went back to Mildenhalls hangar at 7:30 am. “
Then, by 11:00am, it was taken back to its base at Singapore Airport, and Wright, Gaunt and a team of engineers and technicians took off again to take it out for the next test flight at 9,000 ft.”
The plane went back to Mildenhalls hangar at 7:30 am.
Then, by 11:00am, it was taken back to its base at Singapore Airport, and Wright, Gaunt and a team of engineers and technicians took off again to take it out for the next test flight at 9,000 ft.
At 9,800ft, the flight began, and for the most part, the engines and avionics worked smoothly.
When you’re on the tail end of the journey, you’re going to experience the engine failure,” Wright later said,