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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Behind the scenes of a BOAC Boeing 707 delivery

In its December 9, 1960 issue ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ described the process of testing and certification of a new Boeing 707 for BOAC. The author was also onboard the delivery flight from Seattle to London

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IN PICTURES: Rare colour photos of propliners at London airports in 1949

A selection of colour photos of airliners visiting London airports was published in the May 27, 1949 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

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A Valiant start to the V-Force

The Valiant nuclear bomber was the first aircraft used by the RAF as an in-flight refuelling tanker. The details of this and other developments with this V-bomber were detailed in the July 29, 1960 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’

U.S.A.F. Skytrains at Tempelhof airport unloading supplies from the Western Zone. Feature Premium

First-hand report from the Berlin Airlift

A revealing account of the aircraft operations during the Berlin Airlift with ‘The Aeroplane’s’ John E Fricker getting to experience flights into the city on an Avro York and Short Sunderland carrying supplies. In his article, which was published in the July 23, 1948 issue, he also gives his impressions of life in Berlin which was still bearing the scars from World War Two

FIRST TIME IN BRITAIN. – On August 28 the first Convair-liner to be seen in this country arrived at Heathrow. It belongs to Trans-Australia Airlines, and was on delivery from San Diego, California to Melbourne. Feature Premium

Convair-liner 1948 UK debut

Heathrow Airport hosted the first visit to the UK of a CV-240 (which be the first of many variants of this family), with the event covered in the September 10, 1948 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

For the H.P. 80’s crescent wing an interesting development in the form of leading-edge flaps has been applied in order to improve lateral control at the stall. This view of the aircraft brings out the high mounted tailplane; the thin wing; and the generous intakes for the four Sapphires. Feature Premium

Revolutionary Victor design insights

The Handley Page H.P. 80, later to be named the Victor, had a new wing design which bestowed excellent performance. The virtues of this ground-breaking shape were explained by no less than Handley Page’s chief designer in the January 2, 1953 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

Beach landing by a BEA Heron at Barra. Feature Premium

BEA 1960s Highlands and Islands operations

An insightful overview of the challenges faced by BEA serving the communities of Scotland from the August 11, 1966 issue of Aeroplane

LOW AND SLOW. – The Handley Page Victor B.2 makes a very low flypast, with leading-edge flaps drooped. Feature Premium

Spectacular 1960 Farnborough airshow flying display

A report on what was in the flying display at the 1960 Farnborough airshow from the September 9, 1960 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’

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How the Canberra completed the fastest transatlantic crossing

A report from the March 2, 1951 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’ on a ground-breaking flight by a Canberra

A good comparison with the B-26C, this B-26 has the “attack” nose, with eight 12.7 mm. machine-guns. In addition to its internal bomb load, this aircraft has the standard under-wing Napalm bomb. The wing guns and zero-length rocket mounts are also shown. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revealing 1951 article on the Korean air war

‘The Aeroplane’ in its January 12, 1951, published an article from a visit to one of the bases launching aircraft on missions in the Korean War