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Military biofuels – Going green

Climate change has come to the military. The international drive to reduce the world’s carbon footprint has inevitably meant that air forces are having to explore ways to reduce their dependency on liquid aviation fuel, which is derived from fossil fuel resources.

Sub. Lieut. Boas lifts Wessex “300” off the pad at Culdrose for a practice sortie. Feature Premium

Wessex – the beginning of a legend

The Royal Navy operated numerous versions of the Wessex and ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ was there to cover the helicopter’s early days with the Fleet Air Arm with this report from the October 5, 1961 issue

Protecting airports from lightning strikes

For airports and the airlines that serve them, few weather phenomena are as disruptive as electrical storms. Tom Batchelor looks at the risks and the remedies

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Supersonic sweet spot

United States-based start-up Exosonic aims to have a Mach 1.8-capab le airliner in service by the mid-2030s. As projects aiming for similar continue to fold, Paul E Eden discovered the passion driving this firm’s ambitious high-speed plans as it streaks towards to its goal

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The kamikaze pilot whose family sacrificed themselves for his career 

One of seven children, Hajime Fujii was a fiercely determined individual who reflected the Japanese ethos in World War Two. So shocking was his story that it remained a government held secret for decades… 

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Fatal Air India Express crash captain ‘did not respond’ to go-around call

The overrun, which led to the deaths of 19 passengers and two pilots, occurred during a repatriation flight

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After the burn

Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) – the holding company that controls all aero-engine design bureaus and production plants in the country – has initiated the development of a common advanced afterburning turbofan suitable for installation on the entire production line of Su-27/30/35 (Flanker) fighters

The fuselage of the B-36 is almost completely circular in section. Points of interest include the radar scanner behind the steerable nosewheel unit, the offset bomb-aiming panel, and nose cannon. All "Aeroplane" photographs Feature Premium

10-engine US Bomber’s 1951 UK debut

The first arrival in the UK of the USAF’s gargantuan Convair B-36 Peacemaker bomber was covered by ‘The Aeroplane’ 70 years ago, with the reporter suitably impressed

Loganair: the UK’s biggest regional airline

Loganair has gone from being a relatively obscure Scottish outfit to the UK’s biggest regional airline. CEO Jonathan Hinkles tells Tara Craig how

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The supersonic age?

Do the various supersonic commercial aircraft projects mean there is a new race in aviation? But how likely are the developers to succeed? Mark Broadbent explores the topic of truly high-speed flight and beyond