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History in the Air Since 1911

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Gallery: Testing the Handley Page Jetstream in 1967

When Handley Page deployed the first prototype Jetstream to Pau, south-western France in December 1967, subsequently joined by the second, there was plenty of interesting activity for Alan Dowsett —a member of the accompanying test team — to capture

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Aeroplane meets... Charlie Huke

Even before his RAF career, this great enthusiast was pursuing his passion for ‘real flying’. Now he’s one of the UK’s leading exponents of light vintage aeroplanes

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When the RAF flew two Chipmunks around the world

It was the ultimate celebration of the DHC Chipmunk: an around-the-world flight by the RAF. A quarter of a century on, we recall Exercise ‘Northern Venture’ — strange fuels, wild horses, Russian extortion and more…

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A day at the show: Farnborough 1962

As the aerospace industry this week gathers at the Farnborough International Airshow, Ben Dunnell presents a series of stunning photos taken during its predecessor - the SBAC show - 60 years ago

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Farnborough Airshow insights from TV’s Raymond Baxter

For many years the distinctive voice of Raymond Baxter was synonymous with Farnborough Airshow, due to him presenting the BBC’s coverage of the aeronautical extravaganza. In this October 1978 article in ‘Aeroplane Monthly’ he gives a personal take on the famous airshow 

C-54 Skymasters on turn-around between airlift sorties, with C-54G 45-532 of the Pacific Division, Military Air Transport Service, in the foreground. KEY COLLECTION Feature Premium

Berlin Airlift - USAF pilots' memories of Operation Vittles

Berlin Airlift pilots from the US Air Force tell the story of their part in one of the greatest humanitarian efforts in aviation history

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The real story of how the Merlin came to power the Mustang

The Mustang and the Merlin. So right did the combination prove that they are now synonymous. But it was by no means always certain it would produce the long-range escort fighter which proved so influential in the European theatre. What was the reality behind the legend?

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“My pilots loved this beautiful bird” – US Army Air Force Mosquitos

That comment by one unit commander sums up the views of many in the US Army Air Forces on the de Havilland Mosquito, an aircraft that served the AAF in relatively small numbers, but was arguably superior to anything American makers offered

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How successful was the Allied bomber offensive of WW2?

With the US Army Air Forces attacking by day, and RAF Bomber Command at night, the combined Allied bomber offensive wrought a significant toll against the German war machine. But, 80 years after the first sorties by the US 8th Air Force, did the results meet the expectations of its advocates?

Diamond shock waves emanating from the exhausts of the Pratt & Whitney J58 engines, condensation trailing from the wingtips — SR-71A 61-7971 makes a typically dramatic departure from Mildenhall on 2 February 1983. By now the presence of Det 4 had been made permanent, leading to the withdrawal of UK personnel. BOB ARCHER Feature Premium

How Britain was involved in SR-71 and U-2 intelligence-gathering

The Cold War presence at British bases of US SR-71 and U-2 reconnaissance aircraft has been well-documented. Less so, however, is the UK’s direct involvement in their intelligence-gathering efforts


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