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Barcellona Landing Ground

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Barcellona Landing Ground
Twelfth Air Force - Emblem (World War II).png
Part of Twelfth Air Force
Coordinates38°13′00.05″N 015°13′59.86″E / 38.2166806°N 15.2332944°E / 38.2166806; 15.2332944 (Approximate)
TypeMilitary Airfield
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
Site history
In use1943
Barcellona Landing Ground is located in Italy
Barcellona Landing Ground
Barcellona Landing Ground
Location of Barcelona Landing Ground, Italy

Barcellona Landing Ground is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Sicily, located in the southwestern suburbs of Milazzo, near Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto. It was a temporary field built by the Army Corps of Engineers used as part of the Invasion of Italy in August 1943.

The airfield primarily used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force 86th Bombardment Group from 27 August until 22 September. From Barcelona LG, the group flew missions over the Italian mainland, and flew air support for allied landings at Salareno (Operation Avalanche).

When the 86th moved out the airfield was closed and dismantled. Today there is no visible evidence of its existence or its exact location.

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So I got on the next flight to Peking followed by a three hours job interview with the local director At the end he summarized: "you want to go to China but you should go to Toulouse" I replied "if it makes more sense to go to Toulouse I will gladly go there" and two weeks later I had that offer to go to Toulouse for the Training department. Something completely new for me I was able to discover everything I consumed and practiced before how it's been built "younger sister" If someone claims that the A350 is just an "A380 minus two engines" I reply "Hooray"! The A380 is the greatest aircraft that was build until its introduction and the A350 is one step ahead. We took everything that was well-engineered from the A380 and refined it for the A350. We got 10 years of additional development so that I take this statement as a compliment. When a Pilot looks at an aircraft and says "what is a beautiful aircraft" then he knows this plane will also fly beautiful It's a peculiar paradox but a plane which looks nice also flies very nice "New Flight deck" Half of my team were engineers and half pilots. We had many eye openers at the beginning. For us pilots who newly learned how decisions were taken. Some procedures that we doubted do make sense at the end. And on the other side the pilots are admitting "we now understand better why some procedures are so important for you" as so much in life its all about listening and understanding and we pilots should understand the engineers in their world and if the engineers are also listening to us they're understanding us as well. For example in the 350 we convinced the engineers to take into account to design a holding tray for water bottles in the cockpit That's nothing an engineer would think about. A technical draughtsman would oversee this need because he is only focusing on flight instruments and panels. For refreshments he would go to the canteen or get his beverage from a vending machine. Where did we store our water bottles on former planes? Somewhere around the cockpit without any safe space. In the 350 there is one! "heartwarming" Very touching for me, to see the enthusiasm of all employees during the first flight at the apron I could feel the words "this is my new airplane" that just got off the ground for it's first time. Another big difference between airline and manufacturer I was surprised by the product focus in every stage how the personnel acts in concert for the perfect product You can literally smell the spirit (and jet fuel) in almost every office "special mission" Our mission was to fly exactly over the geographical North Pole to test the system behavior. We expected that the navigation systems might get confused because we don't fly clearly to the North or to the South. As we reached the North Pole we decided to switch off the Autopilot because we thought the gyro compass could quit working as well as the Map Display could stop working. But we need to turn the aircraft after passing the North Pole. Because entering Russian airspace could cause some confusion So where to turn, when the compass is not working? I was sitting in the left seat and since the sun was over Greenland we would turn into the sun, to go there. And that's how we did it. What a great experience to still fly such a great plane with all imaginable support in navigation - like Icarus - by the end of the day By just flying up to the sun. "anniversary" Our IOE (Initial Operator Experience) training in Dresden, Germany on 23 December, 2016 was a very emotional moment because 40 years ago to the day today I made my first circuit pattern with a DC-9 as copilot in Vienna. Herbert Till was my flight instructor who passed away in September 2016. He was buried at the same hour of our training flights. So this training day was twice as emotional for me "flight behavior" The aerodynamics that keeps an A350 in the air are the same as those that kept Otto Lilienthal in the air. Today we have more support built into a much more ergonomically environment. More supporting systems as well as systems for early(err) alert of unstable situations [speed - speed] (low speed warning) The autopilot is still switched on -yes [speed - speed] alpha-floor (speed protection) you can cancel the warning now. [speed - speed - speed] Evil tongues claim that you can fly this airplane by pressing only a few buttons. is an absolute nonsense. The impression could arise that the training is misplaced. But as soon as you explain to the trainees that this airplane is like any other plane but with additional support on top they start to remember, what they learned at the beginning of their flying career on their Cessna-150 or any other training plane which makes it easier for them to embrace to the new technologies. "flying pleasure" I love to fly with this aircraft because it is silent even behind the engines, where it is normally much louder. The A350 is much more comfortable. What you don't see or feel instantly the normal cabin pressurization is higher. That means we have a higher pressure by stronger inflating the fuselage resulting in an atmosphere that is much closer to the atmosphere on ground. Additionally we have a higher humidity level. More humidity and pressure over a longer time period generates more comfort especially on long distance flights. This is a USP of the A350! (Unique sailing proposition :-) "The eyes view" As a passenger, there are as well some pleasant surprises to discover even without visiting the flight deck. You can dial in to the on-board-cameras (ETACS) to live observe the flight from outside. One camera is mounted on top of the rudder. Another camera looks ahead from under the fuselage to observe the front gear and how it is retracting. "Quick user guide" For our training assignment the goal was to show experienced pilots how to fly the new A350 without a three weeks course We newly developed a short training program "a quick user guide" for the airplane. To explain the airplane in just two days. All of them were Airbus Pilots aware of the philosophy and the background That was the natal hour of our A350 type-rating. With the main idea, to place the pilots into their office from day one and not into a classroom or in a training device. The training starts with a 3D-Animation right on their own laptop. They virtually sit on the same seat like in real life and learn, how to operate this new model of an Airbus First of all, you let the computer demo the specific procedure The computer begins to show me <firstly check the pressure> what to do in this situation. <check that the parking brake is on> We quickly recognized the failure- and the repetition rates decreased dramatically compared to other Airbus types. I think that we have taken a new step into the future of training with it. "desired career" Female test pilots are more and more frequently found at airbus They have started their career in civil- or military aviation. If someone decides to become a pilot in these days, I would encourage him: "Go for it! Anytime". I would also add some advice for their private life because there is only a low probability of free weekends that you have to be very flexible. That you should enjoy landing at a different destination airport every day. If these facts don't disturb you the pilot's job will be perfect for your future. crewless cockpit Pilots are and will remain a necessity of the cockpit. Even with today's "fly by wire" concepts To ensure the safety of the airplane because pilots need to intervene in certain moments And for intervention, pilots need to be able to fly the plane And therefore we need to train them by training more maneuvers than just take-off and landing But also with so called unusual attitudes. To be prepared for unusual bank angles you don't have normally or for having the nose high in the air which passengers wouldn't like because of the coffee stains on the pants ready? -ready! your controls -Full roll start loading watch the low speed limit G-force: 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 stop here so, this is good perfect! and then slowly unload yes perfect Okay ok, shall we stop it? -for me its ok There will be automated flying sometimes I don't think I'm going to experience that for the next 15 or 20 years. when we look further from the manufacturers perspective to provide the pilots with more support also by reducing unnecessary workload to reduce the amount of paper and improve electronica information. But it still needs people in the cockpit it needs well trained pilots to keep the airplane in the air. "partnership" Pilots call their plane a female - not male. The A350 is "a she". That's proof of a certain sensual connection between a pilot and this machine. For me an airplane is a good looking woman. A woman as women are like that. They say they're sensitive they're accommodating and helpful But on the other side there are moments you would never expect after all this partnership It's the same with an airplane I teach my students "when the airplane is behaving weird, it's like real life". Sometimes you find yourself in a long partnership and suddenly discover things you've never seen before. But my (married) woman is still closer to me than the most beautiful airplane in the world.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.

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