Queen Elizabeth II
Safety, comfort, timing: those were the three key words when it came to flying members of the Royal Family. As a former Queen’s Flight pilot recalls, the responsibility brought with it some unique memories
“It would be a pity to saddle the Royal Family with such a conveyance into the next century”, wrote one senior Ministry of Defence official of the BAe 146. How did it overcome such opposition, and become the last new aircraft ordered for the Queen’s Flight?
When Elizabeth II took the throne in 1952, the Queen’s Flight was a haven for outmoded equipment —a situation not destined to change in the new monarch’s first two years.
Princess Elizabeth’s 1952 visit to Kenya has received increased attention as Her Majesty celebrates her Platinum Jubilee. Martin Needham discovers what became of the Canadair Argonaut used for the royal trip