Today I read that the Dakota is making its final passenger-carrying flights in July. With the VC10 and Comet, the Dakota was an icon of air travel in my youth. When Easysquash and Ram-em-in-air weren't even nightmares in someone's head, and travel was a leisurely and exciting process, enjoying the journey as well as the arrival. And Templehof Airport is to close. Berliners had a referendum on its future but only 20% of them bothered to vote. 25% are needed for a quorum, so it's closing from the Autumn. Designed for one megalomaniac dictator as the entrance to 'Germania', and used heavily in the Berlin Airlift in defiance of another, it will be a shame to see it go.