Great article on this month's LF by John Kelly
Thoroughly enjoyed it John (not sure if you're on the forum?) and the part about the dreadful Munich air crash in 1958 was very poignant - but I would have to take issue with the view that 'things to do with ice and snow were little understood back then'.
Even as far back as WW2 Bomber crews ( of which my father was a Nav on Halifaxes and my Uncle a pilot on Lancs) and ground crews knew full well the effect on airframes, not to mention crew safety, of icing and ice. Martin Bowman's book on the early years of the service amply highlight the problems faced on the ground and in the air, even as early as 1940 and Hampden and Whitley crews flying without electrically heated suits suffered dreadfully and even later when the 4 engined heavies arrived the issues with ice were frequently experienced . My father wore three pairs of gloves when flying on raids ( silk, wool and then finally leather gauntlets) of which I still have his silk gloves, the others being lost when he baled out after the a/c was crippled over Dortmund in '43.