Aeroplane Archive

The Key.Aero team have delved for treasure in the archive of Aeroplane Magazine dating back to 1911. Aviation history brought to life by the editors of the period.

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1961 Belvedere Rotary Revolution for the RAF

The heavy-lift capabilities of the RAF’s then new Belvedere helicopter were demonstrated at RAF Odiham with ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ reporting on the event in the November 16, 1961 issue

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

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

Fuel can be jettisoned from the wing-tip tanks instead of dropping the tanks. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Fleet Air Arm Sea Venom insights from 1954

An interesting report on the Royal Navy’s first Sea Venom squadron during its work-up at RNAS Yeovilton, as featured in the July 23, 1954 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

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The jet-powered flying boat that was a nuclear bomber

Before submarines took on a strategic nuclear missile role, the US Navy sought to use jet-powered flying boats to carry nuclear weapons. In 1955, The Aeroplane revealed the first photos of this new concept

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Tenth Anniversary Meteor Tribute from 1954

After a decade in service The Aeroplane’s July 9, 1954 issue looks back over the type’s development with a particular focus on 25 Sqn

OPERATIONAL TWO-SEATHER. – Intended for all normal operational roles as well as for high-speed training, the N.A. F-100F Super Sabre is surprisingly tractable for its weight and performance. FW-730, “The Spirit of St. Louis II”, is the sixth production F-100F. Photograph copyright "The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

Supersonic in the Super Sabre in 1957

The North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was the USAF’s first supersonic fighter and The Aeroplane gave a first-hand account of flying in this fighter after John Fricker was taken aloft. His revealing report was published in the June 28, 1957 edition

A Canadair Sabre 6 of No. 441 Sqn., R.C.A.F., seen approaching the top of a loop, with the automatic slats extended as the minimum airspeed is reached. With CF-100s, these Canadian fighters are on continual “Zulu” alert in Europe. Photograph copyright “The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

Sensational Sabre 6 Scrutinsed

The June 14, 1957 issue of The Aeroplane featured a report on the latest version of the Sabre, which was populating Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons deployed in Europe

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Canberra Controversy

The Canberra’s first participation in a UK air defence exercise led to wildly different claims in the press about how the bomber and defending fighters had performed. Read here the informative article from the October 24, 1952 issue of The Aeroplane on this landmark exercise

On the O.R.P. at Horsham St. Faith, Javelins of Nos. 141 and 23 Squadrons are positioned and plugged-in to the telebrief for the next scramble. Feature Premium

Revealing 1950s Fighter Command Exercise Report

A fascinating article on a 1957 UK air defence exercise which focused on countering a massed attack on the first day of a conflict from The Aeroplane’s June 7 issue