Letters to the editor

 Information for the traveller. 

A fantastic history of the Carvair was highlighted in March's Airliner World. The whole article took me right back to my teens in Southend in the 1970s, where I spent many days in the fishtank viewing area marvelling at the smoky start-ups and impressive takeoffs of the BAF Carvair fleet.

Coupled with the whistling Heralds that often parked alongside the likes of 'Big John', it was a magical era.

Dear editor, 

You asked whether anyone else could come up with a song containing lyrics referencing the Boeing 747, could I suggest (It Never Rains In) Southern California by Albert Hammond, from about 1973. The lyric goes: 'Got onboard a Westbound Seven Forty Seven'. I'm sure there must be others. For another lockdown puzzle, how about 'How many groups can we think of that share names with aircraft types?' I'll start with:

· U2

· The B52s

· (Billy J Kramer and) the Dakotas

· (Alvin and) the Chipmunks

· The Dave Clark Five, who were often called the ‘DC5’

Dear editor, 

I enjoyed the article regarding the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport in January’s edition of Airliner World, but I was disappointed that references to dimensions were only given in imperial. As someone who was taught in the metric system, the inclusion of a metric equivalent would be most helpful. Please can you consider this inclusion for future articles.

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