Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward.
Leonardo Da Vinci

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JOHN GILLESPIE MAGEE JR., AVIATOR AND POET

John Gillespie Magee Jr. only lived for 19 years. But this Anglo-American pilot born in Shanghai, who served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War, left us something extraordinary: High Flight "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the...

BLIND PILOT: FINALLY POSSIBLE THANKS TO TECHNOLOGY

“To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.” These words by the British writer John Milton, who published his literary masterpiece, Paradise Lost, 10 years after he had lost his sight, almost seem if they had been...

AIRPORT CODES

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or occasional holiday-maker, you will have no doubt noticed that the departure and destination airport names are indicated with three-letter codes on your flight ticket. For example, if you’re a passenger on Air Dolomiti flight EN8191, you’ll be flying from...

JACQUELINE “JACKIE” COCHRAN

Many women throughout history have broken down barriers. Barriers made of bias and obstacles to freedom, barriers between dreams and possibilities. The American aviatrix Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Cochran is a woman who broke down all these barriers, plus another one besides: the sound barrier. She got married...

GABRIELLA “GABY” ANGELINI

As was the case for many young women born into middle-class families at the beginning of 1900s, Gabriella ‘Gaby’ Angelini had a piano teacher and attended a ballet school in Milan. But she would dream of aeroplanes twirling in the clouds rather than a ballerina...