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Stunning colour airliners from Heathrow’s golden age

Visits to the operational areas of London Airport allowed Ian James to capture some beautiful commercial classics of the late ’50s and early ’60s

Embraer signs up E190F launch customer

A lessor has agreed to 10 E190/E195 P2F conversions

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Bristol Brabazon: Britain's biggest aircraft flop

Mighty statistics punctuate every twist and turn of the Bristol Brabazon story but, as Stephen Skinner recounts, the aircraft never quite measured up to its commercial rivals

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Legendary ace Robin Olds in Vietnam

“The most courageous leader I ever knew”: What were the qualities that caused a Vietnam War comrade of the late Brig Gen Robin Olds to say that of his former commander? The success of Operation ‘Bolo’, the momentous aerial engagement between US Air Force F-4 Phantom IIs led by Olds and North Vietnamese MiG-21s on the second day of 1967, provides ample evidence

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Weather defeats Russia’s Victory Day flypast

A planned flypast of Russia’s combat air assets due to participate in Moscow’s Victory Day parade commemorations on May 9, held to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second World War, was cancelled at late notice

Cork for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

MK-Studios has announced EICK Cork Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 92

Welcome to the 92nd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Precision timing: Exploring smart bomb technologies

The use of air-to-ground missiles is becoming increasingly difficult as trends in the proliferation of modern integrated air defence systems and layered defences present greater challenges for their successful deployment

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

Groundcrew tend to the sole completed Heston T1/37, L7706, at Heston aerodrome. It was a surprisingly bulky machine for an ab initio trainer, with a 42ft wingspan. ALL PHOTOS AEROPLANE Feature Premium

The wartime trainer nobody wanted

Not only did Heston’s T1/37 trainer look faintly outsized for its role, but the requirement to which it was built seems to have been taken less than seriously by the Air Ministry

Sir Miles Thomas (right) chats with Captain Alderson, under whose able eye all B.O.A.C.'s flight operational development work for the Comet has been done. Capt. Alderson is flanked by Capts. E. E. Rodley (left) and A. R. Majendie (right). Deputy Chairman Whitney Straight is on the left. Feature Premium

BOAC Chairman’s Comet insights

The Chairman of BOAC gave his view from the top on the first jetliner as the Comet entered commercial service in this article he penned for ‘The Aeroplane’s’ May 2, 1952 issue

First two Swiss AF Hermes 900s delivered

Switzerland's arms procurement agency, armasuisse, announced on April 29 that the Swiss Air Force has taken delivery of the first two Elbit Hermes 900 HFE UAVs of the Aufklärungsdrohnensystems (ADS 15 – Reconnaissance Drone System) at Emmen Air Base, Switzerland.

QUIZ: Aussie Aviation Special!

With Australia's borders open to tourists (and AvGeeks) once again, there's never been a better time to test your knowledge of Aussie aviation history! From first flights to brand-new airport gateways - this special quiz will have you swotting up on all things Down Under

Stew Dawson at the controls of his R-3350-engined Sea Fury Spirit of Texas. DAVID LEININGER Feature Premium

Aeroplane Meets...Stewart Dawson

One of the USA’s most experienced warbird pilots has been the ‘go-to guy’ for all kinds of historic aeroplanes, and a Reno racer to boot

Comet 4, XX944, of the Royal Aircraft Establishment over Hampshire. It first flew as G-APDP on May 25, 1959 and was delivered to BOAC.  Following a very brief spell with Dan-Air she was sold to the MOD in May 1973 and spent two years on Nimrod development before eventually being scrapped in 1984.  Jeremy Flack/API Feature Premium

The diverse roles undertaken by UK military Comets

Well known as a pioneering civilian jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet also enjoyed an often overlooked military service. In the September 2016 issue of Aviation News, Kevin Wright reviewed the type’s RAF history and talked to some of those who operated the aircraft

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AirForces Monthly June 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Spatial awareness: The UK's defence space strategy

After many months of speculation as to where the UK’s Defence Space Strategy might head, the government earlier this year revealed which future capabilities are to be developed

Cessna 310R for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Aircraft developer, MilViz has announced the MV310R for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Duxford Victor painted and moved to new hangar 

Work to restore the sole-surviving Handley Page Victor B.1A (XH648) is now making eye-catching progress at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, in Cambridgeshire.…

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Boeing names new global HQ location

In a surprising move, Boeing confirmed yesterday (May 5) that its global headquarters will shift away from Chicago, Illinois - but to where you ask? Find out the new location, and more, on Key.Aero...

Sixth upgraded Kazakh L-39 flies in full colours

Aero Vodochody has completed the overhaul and upgrade of the sixth of ten Kazakhstan Air Force L-39Cs that are being fitted with a GenesyS avionics system.

Enhanced air policing F-16 swap over

As Russian aggression in Ukraine shows no sign of abating, there has been a swap over of US Air Force F-16CMs at Fetesti Air Base in Romania to continue operating in support of NATO’s Enhanced Air Policing (EAP) mission in the Black Sea region

At Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia, Northward- and Southward-bound Comets were photographed together. Feature Premium

Rare Photos of BOAC Comets in Africa

Prior to the Comet entering service BOAC undertook route familiarization flights in Africa. Depicted are some stunning colour photos from the May 2, 1952 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

Plans are afoot to remove the Swiss Pinocchio nose as soon as possible and to repaint LN-17 in RNorAF colours. Erik Nilsen Feature Premium

Vampire in the North – Norway’s first flying jet warbird

A Boeing 737 pilot broke new ground by getting approval from the Norwegian CAA to fly a de Havilland Vampire. The challenging project was detailed by Malcolm Barker in the September 1993 issue of FlyPast

A good view of the initial ice patrol modifications made by Nordair to its L-188C Electras: an under-fuselage radome taken from a CP-107 Argus, an astrodome that used to be a Sabre canopy, and bulging observation windows. Observers would take hour-long turns in the upper ‘bubble’. DAVE OSBORNE Feature Premium

Nordair L-188 Electras – Hunting icebergs

A good view of the initial ice patrol modifications made by Nordair to its L-188C Electras: an under-fuselage radome taken from a CP-107 Argus, an astrodome that used to be a Sabre canopy, and bulging observation windows. Observers would take hour-long turns in the upper ‘bubble’.

 

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