Flight Line - Aeroplane February 2021

Recollections and reflections — a seasoned historian’s view of aviation’s past

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People involved in aviation have always needed a sense of humour. The creativity of aeronautical humourists was apparent during the writing of last month’s Flight Line, with the sheer number of derisive nicknames for British Aerospace’s unfortunate ATP that sprang up during its short career. Originality is all well and good, but there are one or two aeronautical jokes that are too good not to reuse, and reused they are, relentlessly and seemingly without anyone getting tired of them.

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