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Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies.

TV prog BBC4 9 o'clock tonight

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Wingman22/08/2012 11:56:27
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Looks like it might be a good one! (if you can tear yourselves away from the Celebrity Big Brother Live Evictioncrook)

John Hickson22/08/2012 12:20:17
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Ooh nice one, thanks for the tip!

Frank Skilbeck22/08/2012 13:12:03
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Just reading Empire of the Skys, so thanks for the tip

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator22/08/2012 13:46:47
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Great book

BEB

pete taylor22/08/2012 13:58:43
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Essential reading!
Wingman22/08/2012 17:21:21
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Vecchio Austriaco22/08/2012 22:58:08
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It was a good one. thanks for the hint.

VA

Tim Hooper22/08/2012 23:00:37
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Excellent programme! Catch it if you can.

tim

Martin Harris22/08/2012 23:24:42
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Alan Merriman (dangler of legs through old lady's bedroom ceilings) became OC of Boscombe Down and I believe, the RAF Chief Test Pilot with over 100 different types in his logbook. He visited our club one afternoon and flew our club trainer on a buddy lead - and was quite surprised how tricky model flying was - although he made rapid progress once he got his head round the orientation difficulties...

A very pleasant and unassuming gentleman...

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator22/08/2012 23:25:25
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Yes very good - and part two on the DH Comet to look forward to. Anyone know when part two is on? Is it next week?

BEB

Simon Chaddock22/08/2012 23:42:00
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A good programme and an accurate precis of the events at the time. It included some nice bits of film.

Interesting that the commentry confirmed that the Victor was in reality the most accomplished of the V bombers.

Hows this for a 'factoid'.

The commentry was spoken by the actress Barbara Flynn who played the milkwoman, the object of desire of Granville, played by David Jason in Ronnie Barker's sitcom Open All Hours!

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator22/08/2012 23:54:47
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Not just Granville smile p possibly too much information embarrassed

BEB

Martin Harris22/08/2012 23:59:09
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Stop it BEB, you're bringing back memories of the milkwoman that used to deliver to us when I was a late teenager...

Tony Bennett23/08/2012 00:14:42
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they allways gloss over the valiant.

only v bomber to drop the nuclear bomb.

but still a great programe.

shows far down hill our aircraft industry has gone now.

Dave Bran23/08/2012 05:31:53
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Posted by Frank Skilbeck on 22/08/2012 13:12:03:

Just reading Empire of the Skys, so thanks for the tip

What's Murdoch's empire got to do with anything? wink

GOOD book??..................VERY VERY SAD book!!! (in the original sense of the word)

Missed the prog this time around..............

Mark Powell 223/08/2012 06:26:39
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"They always gloss over the Valiant"

The book didn't. He was most impressed.

Though, as always, it was 'dumbed down' for television, the programme was in some ways better than the book. The endless banging on about Waterton in the book rather spoilt was was supposed to be a broad book about British aviation. They did not do this in the progamme.

Why did they change the title? Because the insane, ever present, political correctness of the BBC would never allow them to use the word 'Empire'. Roman Empires and such, not being ours, are OK for the BBC.

I thought the most sad part of the book was the story of the Fairey Delta 2 The head of Dassault (who did NOT copy it) said we could have sold hundreds but for our politicians. So the world purchased the Mirage (which was just as good but it wasn't ours).

Edited By Mark Powell 2 on 23/08/2012 06:31:55

Edited By Mark Powell 2 on 23/08/2012 06:32:40

Edited By Mark Powell 2 on 23/08/2012 06:35:02

Frank Skilbeck23/08/2012 18:31:48
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Yes, the program upped the EE Lightening, great plane but the book eludes that the Fairey Delta would have been Britains 1st supersonic fighter sooner.

Alan Randall23/08/2012 21:40:19
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Doh, read the thread too late and missed it.

Tony Bennett23/08/2012 21:42:15
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bbc i player has it.

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