Concorde takes off maiden flight
MARCH 2: On March 2nd 1969, Concorde made its maiden flight. The Anglo-French plane took off from Toulouse and was in the air for 27 minutes before the pilot made the decision to land. The BA concorde flew its last scheduled flight on Friday 24 October 2003. Impressive picture as the mighty Concorde 002, British prototype of the Anglo-French supersonic airliner project, takes off from Filton, Bristol, on her maiden flight.
Tales of balloon flight. Intrepid balloonists Cecil Shadbolt (left) and 'Captain' William Dale (right) posed in the basket of a gas balloon. Shadbolt's camera can be seen, attached to the side of the basket. On 29th June 1892, Shadbolt and Dale were involved in a tragic balloon accident at Crystal Palace. Dale was killed and Shadbolt died of his injuries soon afterwards. From the Cecil Victor Shadbolt collection of lantern slides dating from 1882-1892.
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Rutland Osprey nest
Ospreys on a nest in Rutland, Leicestershire. Wildlife experts were celebrating yesterday after an endangered osprey chick hatched in England for the first time in 150 years. The success raises hopes that the fish-eating birds could once again become a common sight in England. *The chick hatched after a five-year project at Rutland Water nature reserve. Ospreys only breed in Scotland but Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, Anglian Water and the Highland Foundation for Wildlife are trying to reintroduce them south of the border.