We have come a long way from the days where the Wright brothers Wilbur & Orville made that first epic sustained motorized flight with the Wright Flyer I in 1903. Just over a century later we are jetting around the globe as if it was as simple as taking the bus.
Aviation has been a fascination of mine since I was a child & living on the coast in Cornwall we weren’t far from the Culdrose military helicopter base that was often seen in action rescuing tourists from clambering on the cliffs in summer or surfers & swimmers that had been cut off from the tide. In winter too the Sea King helicopters were called out in stormy weather to help trawlers, yachts & even oil tankers in distress.
Once a year in summer Culdrose had an Air display that I often attended with my parents where many other aircraft types from the armed forces were shown off to the public. The highlight though was always the aerobatic displays performed of the Red Arrows formation team. Loud, fast & exciting, I loved it every time. I too wanted to join the Royal Air Force as a teenager but was soon put off by the extreme hard training that was needed to get into the shortlist as a pilot.
England is well known for its airshows, especially those where the oldtimers from the Second World War are brought back into action. Unfortunately, living in Germany for the past 30 years where such shows are a rarity I have seldom the chance to visit such shows regularly & have thus photographed more civil aircraft in recent years.
“The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.”
― Bill Gates, CEO, Microsoft Corporation
“The most beautiful dream that has haunted the heart of man since Icarus is today reality.”
“The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? — it is the same the angels breathe.”
― Mark Twain