Jimmy Jeffs – UK

George James Horatio “Jimmy” Jeffs is acknowledged to be the first licenced air traffic controller. Born in 1900, he held UK Air Traffic Control Certificate No 1, issued in February 1922. After leaving the Royal Naval Air Service, Jimmy joined the Air Ministry and was posted to Croydon airport as a radio operator. In 1922, Jimmy became a Civil Aviation …

Tupolev ANT-20

USSR, 1934 Despite its name, the Russian ANT-20 “Maxim Gorky” was designed by Andrei Tupolev. Construction began in 1933, with the first flight on May 19th 1934. Until 1941, it held the record of the largest aircraft in the world. Its wingspan (63m) was wider than that of a classic Boeing 747 (59m). Powered by six main piston engines and …

First Civil Mid-Air Collision

1922, Picardie, France On April 7th 1922, two aircraft collided 110 Km north of Paris. It was the first collision between civil airliners. One was a French Farman Goliath, en-route from Paris Le Bourget to London Croydon. The other aircraft was a British DeHaviland DH-18 from London to Paris. Both were on the same route, but opposite, at 150m (500ft) …