Simple Flying


This year marks 120 years since the Wright Brothers' 1st flight, and an awful lot has happened in those years. On this page, you can find thousands of stories looking at the history of the industry.

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British Airways Flight 009 - A Cabin Crew Perspective

The Boeing 747 that became a glider over the Indian Ocean...

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How A US Military Contract Helped Bring About The Boeing 747's Famous Hump

The distinguishable design was ultimately rejected by the Air Force but led to the major success of a revolutionary airliner

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The Boeing Sonic Cruiser - The 787 Alternative Which Got Cut

What was the Boeing Sonic Cruiser? And how did it lead to the 787 Dreamliner?

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Gulf Air Flight 072: Bahrain's Deadliest Air Accident

It is approaching 23 years since the crash occurred.

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What Happened To Early UK Low-Cost Carrier AB Airlines?

An early pioneer of the low-cost model in Europe, the airline would not last long enough to benefit from the phenomenon.

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24 Years Ago: China Airlines Flight 642 Crashes In Hong Kong

The flight was attempting to touch down in strong winds when it crashed.

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When Were San Francisco International Airport’s Various Runways & Terminals Opened?

The airport’s facilities have evolved over 90 years to accommodate increasing air travel.

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5 Notable Aviation Pioneers That History Forgot

We, humans, have been trying to fly since the late 1700s.

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Ryanair Flight 4102: The Irish Low Cost Carrier's Only Hull Loss

The incident occurred in Rome more than a decade ago.

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Irish Jumbos: The Story Of Aer Lingus' Boeing 747 Fleet

Did you know that the airline flew Boeing's iconic double-decker?

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What Happened To The Royal Bank of Scotland's Dassault Falcon Private Jet?

RBS operated the jet as G-RBSG from 2002 to 2009.

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The Boeing 747 ASB - The Plane That Almost Replaced The 777

The concept of a Boeing 747 'Advanced Short Body' was scrapped for the twinjet 777.

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80+ Years Of Success: A Brief History Of Pilatus Aircraft

For more than 80 years, Pilatus has been building planes in Switzerland.

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65 Years On: What Was The Grumman Gulfstream?

Most examples of the Grumman Gulfstream I were used for VIP transport.

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What Happened To Delta Air Lines' Airbus A310s?

The carrier flew two different variants of the type.

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How The 1973 Oil Crisis Impacted US Commercial Aviation

Jet fuel crises are nothing new in the airline industry.

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Why Did The Douglas XTB2D 'Skypirate' Never Reach Full-Scale Production?

Only two Skypirate prototypes were ever produced.

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Built For Speed: Looking Back At The Convair 880

The aircraft was well spotted across the globe.

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