A British Airways Concorde touches down at Filton, nr Bristol, 30 years to the day after the first of its type flew on its maiden flight from Filton to Fairford. The plane made a nostalgic trip from Heathrow. Plans to stop off at the former test site at RAF Fairford were cancelled because the base is being used by US bomber planes involved in the Kosovan conflict.
Cricket - Equipment - Bats - London - 1935
With the approach of the summer season, London's cricket equipment industry is bursting into life. A factory at St John's Wood is busily transforming lumps of willow into bats. The picture shows an employee planing and shaping the willows before placing them in the splice.
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Supersonic shock waves, Schlieren image
Supersonic shock waves. Schlieren image showing the shock wave created by a supersonic jet flying in front of the Sun. Schlieren imaging is a method used to visualise density variations in transparent media. Here, it has been used to view the propagating disturbance in air created by an aircraft moving at the speed of sound. The method requires a bright light source and/or speckled background. In this case, the solar disc has been used, a technique called Background-Oriented Schlieren using Celestial Objects (BOSCO).
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