Thank goodness for the Wright brothers! For it was they who designed and built the world’s first practical fixed-wing aircraft, which proved to be the prototype for the planes that we know and love today. Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully took to the air in 1903, and since then, with ever improving technology, aircraft have developed from precarious flying machines into the jet engine powered planes of today that take us on short holiday hops to nearby countries, or around the world on long haul.
Thanks to planes, by the end of the sixties reasonably priced package holidays abroad had become a reality for most people in the UK, and once-popular British seaside resorts went into a serious decline as a result. By the seventies and eighties long-haul flights to the USA, Asia and Australia were no longer the preserve of the well-heeled, and increasing numbers of people started to consider travel further afield.
Now it is possible to fly non-stop from the UK to the Far East, and flight is becoming a little greener with the introduction of planes such as the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which will use 20% less fuel than similar sized planes.
In Life Above the Clouds I will be blogging about flying, flights, flight destinations, airports, airplanes, new flight routes, bargain flights, cheap flights, business flights, luxury flights, security, most popular routes, and anything else that springs to mind in terms of being in the air in the pursuit of hot destinations.