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Recreating the first passenger flight


On 25 August, 1919, the world's first daily international passenger air service launched, from London to Paris. It took off from Hounslow Heath - a patch of land just a mile or so from what is now London's Heathrow Airport.

The service was operated by Air Transport & Travel Ltd, who would eventually become British Airways.

Ninety years later the BBC's Transport Correspondent Richard Scott donned goggles and leather helmet and took to the air in a similar flying machine.

The original aircraft - a converted de Havilland bomber - no longer exists. So BA pilot Stratton Richey took him for a spin in a 1933 Tiger Moth.


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