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RESEARCH – AND DEVELOPMENT – During the early days of the Comet’s design history, consideration was given to the claims of the tailless, swept-back layout. Some valuable practical experience in this direction was obtained with the D.H.108 which was specially built for research into this problem. Here is the Comet on the day of its first flight, with the D.H.108. Feature Premium

Comet creator – insights from de Havilland’s chief designer

The man who designed the revolutionary Comet jetliner, R E Bishop, wrote this exclusive article for ‘The Aeroplane’ which was published the same day as the aircraft’s first commercial service on May 2, 1952

BBMF Hawker Hurricane returns home

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Hawker Hurricane IIc LF363 arrived back at its Coningsby base in the hands of Sqn Ldr Mark Sugden, officer commanding the BBMF, on April 21 following a ‘major’ overhaul in the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.

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First ever colour photos of the Comet

‘The Aeroplane’ scored a world exclusive when it published the first colour photos of the Comet in its July 29, 1949 issue. The piece also explored the design of this revolutionary aircraft

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Inside the Y-8Q: China’s new sub-hunting talisman

Combat Aircraft Journal details China’s latest anti-submarine warfare asset, the Y-8Q.

Who's started a 3,000-mile direct service to Manchester using A320neos?!

A Middle Eastern-based carrier has launched a new direct, 3,000-mile service today (May 1) to Manchester using Airbus A320neos! Who is it? Find out here!

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Delta Disaster: Fatal RAF Vulcan Heathrow crash

A record-breaking flight by a Vulcan turned into tragedy when a landing went wrong. Andrew Brookes recounts the events of that fateful day

New Tiger Moth for Finest Hour Experiences

The latest addition to Bicester-based Finest Hour Experiences’ fleet, DH82A Tiger Moth R5172/G-AOIS arrived at the Oxfordshire airfield on April 17.

QUIZ: New UK routes

Airlines have been busy trying to restore and reinstate route networks and add rotations as the pandemic starts to appear in the rear view mirror, but have you been keeping up with all the latest links? Let's find out...

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Mosquito rolled out at de Havilland Aircraft Museum

Forty-four years after the fuselage arrived at London Colney from the Netherlands, Mosquito FBVI TA122 was rolled out at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum on Easter Sunday, April 17, as its epic restoration enters its closing stages.

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The F-111’s disastrous operational debut in Vietnam

The revolutionary F-111 had a disastrous operational debut in Vietnam. Warren E Thompson describes the baptism that nearly became a requiem

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Airliner World June 2022

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AIR International May 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Two UK airports win new links to ‘secret’ Iceland airport

Flights from the United Kingdom to Iceland aren’t all that unusual – in fact there are at least eight direct scheduled city pairings from the UK to the Nordic nation. These range from low-cost options with the likes of easyJet, Wizz and PLAY; leisure-focused links with Jet2 and TUI and flag carrier connections with British Airways and Icelandair.

Virgin Atlantic apprenticeships are back!

For the first time in three years, Virgin Atlantic has started a new search for the next generation of engineering and maintenance talent. The UK airline is offering ten spaces within its prestigious apprenticeship programme and a further four roles within its graduate scheme.

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First T-7A Red Hawk for the USAF unveiled

The first T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer jet destined for the US Air Force was unveiled by Boeing at its St Louis facility in Missouri on April 28

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Norse Atlantic reveals first routes and launch date

The latest company to attempt to make ‘low-cost low-haul’ viable has revealed its launch strategy. Norse Atlantic Airways – not to be confused with Norwegian – has today (April 29) started selling tickets for its first quartet of transatlantic routes.

Points of interest on this Mil Mi 1T, in which the author made his flight at Tushino aerodrome, include the under-boom aerials for the radio altimeter and the small adjustable stabilizer. Photographs copyright “The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

First Westerner to fly in a Russian helicopter

On a visit to the Soviet Union in 1956 ‘The Aeroplane’s’ John Fricker was privileged to be the first Westerner to be invited to fly in a Russian helicopter. His report on the flight appeared in the August 17, 1956 issue

Red Arrows Hawk arrives at St Athan

On April 22, a full 43 years after it entered RAF service, the South Wales Aviation Museum at St Athan took delivery of former Red Arrows BAe Hawk T1A XX263 from Cardiff University’s School of Engineering.

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The USAF's new air to air missile, the AIM-260 JATM

David Axe reports on the USAF's new air-to-air missile, the AIM-260 Joint Advanced Tactical Missile (JATM)

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UK calls for aircraft provision to Ukraine

The UK Foreign Secretary has called for the delivery of heavier weapons to Ukraine, including apparent references to combat air capabilities, in a keynote speech at Mansion House, London

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The incredible experience of flying in a Bell UH-1 Huey in the UK

Did you know you can fly in a Bell UH-1 Huey right here in the UK? James Peene was fortunate enough to experience this Vietnam combat veteran up close and personal

New tenant for Manchester’s Thomas Cook hangar

The huge engineering facility has had a reprieve after almost three years lying dormant

Vintage Wings Hawker Hurricane flies

On April 23 at Ottawa-Gatineau Executive Airport, Ontario, Dave Hadfield took Vintage Wings of Canada’s Hawker Hurricane XII RCAF 5447/CF-TPM up for a first test flight, 15 years after work to put the Canadian Car and Foundry-built fighter back into the air began.

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Grim Reapers' F-15s bow out of Europe

On April 27, 2022, the final four McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagles departed RAF Lakenheath and flew west for their new assignment to the 131st Fighter Squadron, Massachusetts Air National Guard at Barnes Municipal Airport.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update IX out now

Asobo Studio has released Sim Update IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding new features and fixes to the platform.

 

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