St Helena’s first aircraft landing: full coverage

The arrival of the first aircraft ever to land on St Helena was one of the biggest events on the island since Napoleon stepped ashore 200 years earlier. Click on the links to see video, pictures, stories and social media coverage. VIDEO: First aircraft lands on St Helena – the view from the cockpit IN PICTURES: The […]

How the media covered St Helena’s first landing (it barely noticed)

The arrival of the first aircraft to land on St Helena was just about the most momentous event for the island since Napoleon had stepped ashore almost exactly 200 years earlier, in October 1815. The world’s media barely mentioned it, despite the £250m or more that it cost British taxpayers to build an airport for […]

Is it a birdie? No, it’s another test flight…

On Twitter, Niall O’Keeffe joked that golfers on St Helena now had a new excuse for a badly-played shot: being distracted by the noise of an aeroplane. The crew of the first aircraft ever to land on the island went on to stage another dozen or so flights over ten days in September 2015, to […]

VIDEO: First aircraft lands on St Helena – the view from the cockpit

Click the picture above to watch the first-ever aircraft landing on St Helena, as the pilots saw it. St Helena Government has released cockpit footage shot by the crew of the Beechcraft King Air 200 that touched down at the island’s first airport on 15 September 2015. Clicking on any of the images here will […]

IN PICTURES: Crowds turn out to see first plane fly in to St Helena

Bruce Salt, Giselle Richards and Andrea Louise Benjamin have kindly agreed to share some of their pictures of the arrival of the first aircraft ever to fly to St Helena. St Helena Government has also shared some images. Bruce was covering the event professionally for the St Helena Independent and had a close-up view. Giselle and […]

‘A bit of wind’ greets first pilots ever to land on St Helena

The plane looked tiny against the bulk of the King and Queen Rocks as it dropped smoothly down to the runway at the end of the historic first flight to St Helena. It was, said Deon de Jager, another great day, “not only for the island’s history, but for everyone who worked well on the airport project.” […]