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 […]

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 […]

Runway cleared for historic first flight to St Helena

The first aircraft ever to fly to St Helena is expected to land on the island within days. St Helena Government has announced that the first test flight is expected to take place between Sunday 13 and Thursday 17 September. Temporary use of the runway on Prosperous Bay Plain has been granted to allow a […]

IN PICTURES: The big switch-on at St Helena’s airport

They travelled across St Helena, in poor weather, to witness the first switching-on of the many runway lights at the island’s first airport: another landmark in the progress towards its scheduled completion in February 2016. BRUCE SALT was there and has kindly sent the pictures below. He writes:  “The event was announced on Saint FM and the […]