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By psmiddy, Apr 23 2020 08:44AM

It’s a rare day – I agree with Michael O’Leary. The Ryanair boss makes perfect sense when he says he will not put the Ryanair fleet back in the skies if he has to keep the middle seats empty. Load factors of 66% (max) will not suit the business model of the Ryanair (and many other low cost airlines).

It is just a nonsense – voiding the middle seat is faux social distancing. An empty adjacent seat matters not a jot if the passenger in the seat behind you has a massive sneeze or cough. The long-term solution is to have much better cabin air filtration systems, but I have seen no discussion of this issue in the aviation or general press.

For the moment aircraft, not to mention busy airports (thank you Geneva for the bugs in February), are, as they say, petri dishes.

By psmiddy, Apr 7 2020 07:40AM

Yesterday marked the 76th anniversary of the murder of (most of) the 50 of the 75 escapers killed by the Gestapo. One such was Flt Lt Alistair 'Sandy' Gunn. See here. Never to be forgotten.

By psmiddy, Mar 30 2020 01:53PM

Lone Wolf by Andy Saunders from Grub Street. A portrait of a WW2 nighfighter ace who deserves to be much better known. Reviewed here.

By psmiddy, Mar 23 2020 12:38PM

Grub Street is re-publishing its Boys titles in paperback form at a RRP of £12.99. The first tranche includes the Phantom, Harrier (vol. 1), Meteor and Tornado titles. Reviews of all the hardback orginals can be found on my site.

Grub Street is this Spring publishing some new hardbacks in the series, and these are mainly focused on stories from ground staff in the RAF.