AVIATION POSTCARD CLUB INTERNATIONAL
NEWSLETTER NO. 56
THE BIGGER THEY COME….
Editorial impressions by Doug Bastin
Not only is the A380 going to be alarmingly
late into service but this September edition will not be out until October. At
least I know the reason for the latter, priority having been given to daughters
wedding, but it seems likely that Airbus, pioneers of fly-by-wire have now been
grounded by wire. There seems a danger
that the A380 may join some of the other “giants”
in being either too big, or too
soon or too late. In fact the only giant that went on to commercial success
remains the 747, as on the cover issue by Condor of Germany – the site looks
like Mojave – ironically now a site for breaking up these early Jumbos.
One consequence of late
running is that I have used some non – postcard pictures to illustrate the
main article on “giant” aircraft. Cards
do exist, but not in my collection or spares and I thought it best to get the
issue out rather than try and find card images. Other
than the main article we have the usual WASG, WDYK and Colin Cohen.
As soon as this one is
finished it will be almost time to start on December in order to get it out
before the mail havoc descends. Arctic/Antarctic
related contributions will be welcome from early balloonists through airships to