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Author: Simon Hackett

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The history, development, collaborations in aviation. Plus how aircraft fly and what its like to fly and why bother.
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Avro Aircraft Company

Avro Aircraft Company

2021-02-1707:42

History of possibly the most famous of British Aircraft manufacturers Avro.Makers of the Lancaster and Vulcan bombers
The Famous Bristol Aircraft Company, that created designs such as the Blenheim, Beaufort, and Beaufighter, made cars, and engines that would go on and power Concorde.They designed and made aircraft used in the testing of characteristics for high speed/supersonic flight - crucial for Concorde's development
One of Britian's biggest engineering companies that moved into aviation at the start. Continued and developed many famous aircraft including the world's first turbo prop- the Vickers Viscount and the fastest Sub Sonic airliner of its day - the Vickers VC10.
Possible the most innovative, but certainly designer of he most graceful aircraft and the iconic aircraft like the Mosquito - 'The Wooden Wonder',  and the World's first jet powered airliner, the Comet
History of one the most famous and successful names in aviation
First Episode in the history of British Aircraft Companies - starting with Sopwith Aviation. A successful but short lived company around the time of the First World War
How to Fly a Plane

How to Fly a Plane

2020-12-1631:30

What to expect when able to fly a plane - check list, walk round etc. What to do when airborne and when returning to or going to a different one
How an Aircraft Flies

How an Aircraft Flies

2020-11-1812:59

The principles behind fixed wing aircraft on how hay get airborne, stay and move around the skies plus how to get back down.
This episode shows how aircraft have evolved and developed in the last century and gives a glimpse into what could possibly could be expected in the future
Speed and Comfort

Speed and Comfort

2020-10-2815:06

The advancement in speed and comfort. The latter was more for passengers but pilot comfort also improved.
Wings at War

Wings at War

2020-10-2008:49

Development of aviation into a machine of war
Grace in the Air

Grace in the Air

2020-10-1309:26

Women and Airships.Elegance and grace in the air in the heyday of aviation pioneers and adventurers
And So It Has Begun

And So It Has Begun

2020-09-2305:05

Different forms of power and the Wright Brothers first flight
In the beginning.

In the beginning.

2020-09-1507:04

Aviation history - from Greek Mythology to 19th Century
The Hangar Rat Preview

The Hangar Rat Preview

2020-09-0802:42

Revised Introduction to The Hangar Rat podcast. What you can expect in the upcoming episodes:It is intended to cover the history of aviation, history of famous aircraft manufacturers (primarily British), famous collaborations, and other areas of aviation. The Wright brothers are mentioned (as it would not be the aviation world we know without their contribution)There will be n episode on how and aircraft flies (fixed wing). Helicopters are more complex and not so easy to describe in audio!This podcast will hopefully  inspire and help people understand the world of aviation. Any questions, feel free to email me at: thehangarrat@gmail.com
Westland Aircraft

Westland Aircraft

2021-02-2415:51

The story of Westland Aircraft .Typical of companies at the time, licence building, designing their own, merging with others and totally reinventing themselves in a different area. Westland did that by diversifying into solely producing helicopters
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