Orkney’s Aviation Festival 2021 takes place over two days – 9th- 10th September and covers the present, past and future.
A little bit of history was made in Orkney on Thursday, 12th of August 2021. Scotland’s first hybrid electric aircraft flew in from Wick, landing at Kirkwall airport.
On the 25th of July 1909 Louis Bleriot successfully flew his airplane across the English Channel.
On 14th of March 1899 Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin took out a US patent for a ‘navigable balloon’. It became known as a Zeppelin airship.
Dr Nina Baker, took us on a journey on Thursday 10th of September, celebrating the work and influence of women engineers from the earliest innovators in flight with balloon technology, through to the Space Age.
“So, how did these graceful beasts fly?”
This was the largest peacetime operation of its day.
Orkney’s Aviation Festival got off to a flying start on Friday night, 12th of September, with the ‘Loganair’ talk from a well informed and humorous Robert Foden.