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The Last Lightning Show

RAF Binbrook’s final public salute to the service’s most dramatic jet fighter proved a virtual wash-out, but who cared?

Hurricane 501’s training duo: the Hurricane I itself and Harvard IV Wacky Wabbit, being flown by Neil Oakman and Andy Goodall respectively. Feature Premium

HURRICANE SCHOOL

Ever wondered how it's possible to sustain a private warbird operation long into the future, and provide a flow of new pilots to fly it safely? The operators of Battle of Britain veteran Hawker Hurricane I V7497 believe they have the answer

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de Havilland Mosquito: a race for the Bendix Trophy

In the brave new post-war world of the cross-country Bendix Trophy air race, surely the rapid and reliable de Havilland Mosquito would offer competitors a winning combination? Not so...

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The pro's and cons of the Me 163

No-one was in any doubt as to the Me 163’s exceptionally dangerous characteristics...

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(Tiger) Nine Lives

There are two nine-ship display acts on the British circuit — one the Red Arrows, the other the Tiger Nine. We joined the Tiger Moth-equipped outfit, and discovered an operation just as professional as its military counterpart

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Italo Balbo's epic Brazilian flight

Today the name Balbo is synonymous with large formation flights. In late 1930 and early 1931, from Italy to Brazil, there took place the first of the aerial voyages that made it so...

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Aeroplane meets Tim Manna

Work in the City brought this former US Navy P-3 Orion pilot to Britain — and the historic aircraft scene can be thankful it did...

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Two men in a Martinsyde

Everyone remembers Alcock, Brown and their Vickers Vimy, but they had many rivals in the race to fly the Atlantic first — and the one-off Martinsyde Raymor, named after its two pilots, was among them...

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Aeroplane Database: Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet

An in-depth view of the Me 163 Komet

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Aeroplane Datafile: Me 163 Komet

Despite being selected for Me 163 pilot training, Josef Kurz never got to fly the type under rocket power before the war ended. Much later, having become a very seasoned gliding exponent, he decided to build an airworthy Komet replica...

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A very special Tiger Moth

More than 3,400 Tiger Moths were turned out by the Morris Motors factory at Cowley in Oxford during wartime. Many still survive. But few, if any, can quite boast the background of David Cyster’s example...

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The amazing story of maverick siblings Luis and Ruth Fontés

Luis and Ruth Fontés, brother and sister, hit the headlines for their motorsport and air racing exploits during the 1930s — and not always for the right reasons...

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The Me 163 in service

The Komet’s combat career was brief, but deadly — for both sides. Aeroplane delves into the service life of the Me 163

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ delayed yet again

Want to find out what happens to Tom Cruise’s character Maverick in the long-awaited sequel? Well, you’ll have to wait even longer…

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New life for former US Army C-23B+ Sherpas

Three former US Army Short C-23B+ Sherpas have recently departed from storage with the 309th AMARG at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. Destined for a new life in civilian hands, the aircraft follow four others that left this year

Bringing Concorde to a new generation

Key.Aero chats to retired flight attendant Sandie Petch about the wonders of the iconic supersonic aircraft

Russia signs Tu-95MS, MiG-31 upgrade contracts

Modernisation contracts were signed at the international military and technical forum 'Army-2021', held at Kubinka Air Base near Moscow from August 22-28, for the Russian Aerospace Force’s MiG-31 fighter-interceptors and Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers

Cherokee Six Takes Flight in X-Plane

AeroSphere Simulations has released the Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six B for X-Plane 11.

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Frankfurt’s freighter farewell

As Lufthansa Cargo says goodbye to its last MD-11F, Andreas Spaeth travels to the German hub to hear from those who flew the venerable trijet

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Airliner World October 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Aeroplane October 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Historic aviation quiz

Test yourself with this week's tricky historic quiz

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Qatar's first PC-24 enters final assembly

Pilatus Aircraft is progressing well with manufacture of the first of two Qatar Emiri Air Force PC-24 Super Versatile Jets. The first aircraft appeared outside at the factory on Stans Airfield, Switzerland, on September 1

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Qatari Hawks arrive at RAF Leeming

The arrival of the first two Qatar Emiri Air Force Hawk Mk167s at their new home of RAF Leeming, UK, where they will form part of a joint UK-Qatari fast-jet training squadron, marks the latest step in a burgeoning airborne relationship between the two countries

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INSIGHT: An overview of the two-week airlift effort to evacuate Kabul

We give an overview of the massive two-week airlift from Kabul, which extracted thousands of Afghans and many other nationalities fleeing from the Taliban takeover

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