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The Vickers Valiant: first of the ‘V-bombers’, and the one now most forgotten, despite how it paved the way for those that followed. A former co-pilot takes us into the Valiant’s cockpit, first in training with No 232 Operational Conversion Unit and then operationally on reconnaissance missions with No 543 Squadron, and reveals a capable but sometimes challenging aeroplane
It is 20 years since the Embraer E-Jet’s first flight. Bernie Baldwin discovers what getting the aircraft aloft felt like and learns more about the family’s importance to air transport
Flying the Lockheed SR-71A was a team effort like no other in the US Air Force. In a unique joint interview, a pilot and reconnaissance systems officer who formed just such a partnership recall operating to the very edges of the envelope
Concluding a seven-part series, we examine what the picture is like for Britain’s aeronautical sector 70 years into the ‘new Elizabethan’ age
Competition, comfort and co-operation became bywords for Croydon-connected carriers as they vied for speed records, new standards in flight experiences and even teamed up on popular routes as we discover in the fourth of our six weekly forays into the hub’s history
Readers who picked up a copy of the 100th and final issue of Airports of the World magazine will have enjoyed David Ransted’s definitive, double-length feature celebrating Croydon Airport, the UK’s first major international hub. Here, we share some of the incredible archive imagery used to illustrate the article...
The penultimate part of our series looking at the British aviation industry during Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign places a spotlight on activities between 2002 and 2012, when government cuts begin to bite
Portuguese aviators Sacadura Cabral and Gago Coutinho’s Lisbon-Funchal flight was just a dress rehearsal for a much larger, more demanding endeavour: the first South Atlantic crossing, which would test Coutinho’s new integrated aerial navigation system to the utmost
When the police were trying to find the missing Lord Lucan, the call went out to Wg Cdr Ken Wallis: bring an autogyro to Sussex and join the search. It wasn’t the only time this great man and his machines, equipped with film cameras, aided in body hunts
In part four of our series examining the British aviation industry during Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, we take a look at the decade between 1982 and 1992
The fifth part of our series examining the British aviation industry during Elizabeth II’s reign focuses on the period between 1992 and 2002, when the days of going it alone ended
Eurowings Discover is the latest Lufthansa spin-off, trying to cash in on the rising return of leisure travel and bring innovation to the legacy group, reports Andreas Spaeth
Delivery of US Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules 19-5940 to McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, West Virginia, on May 26 marked the arrival of the eighth and final C-130J-30 for the West Virginia Air National Guard/130th Airlift Wing’s (AW’s) 130th Airlift Squadron.
Hawker Siddeley’s HS141 — and, indeed, other designs such as the HS133 and HS139 — sought to revolutionise city-to-city transport. But, once again, the V/STOL airliner concept was never to translate into reality
In the second part of our series looking at the British aerospace industry during Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, we examine the decade between 1962 and 1972
We speak to Wg Cdr Mike Sutton (ret’d) about his time flying the Typhoon, which started in the early days of the aircraft’s RAF service and culminated by leading 1 (Fighter) Squadron into combat against ISIS in the skies of Iraq and Syria
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