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.

A droop-nosed Concorde lines up ready for take-off at Fairford. Below, a take-off from Heathrow. Note the small, twin-wheeled tail bumper beneath the rear fuselage. Feature Premium

Read one of the first ever Concorde flight reports

This is how the legendary Bill Gunston described his 3.5-hr flight from London to Tehran in Concorde G-BBDG back in 1976

Read a Meteor flight test from 1951

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and saw action during World War Two. The design was developed, including the F.8 variant which was flight tested by The Aeroplane 70 years ago…

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Unseen Luftwaffe reports from 1941

If you’ve ever wondered how aviation-related news was reported during World War Two, here’s the answer: the following article featured in The Aeroplane 80 years ago on May 9, 1941…

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Q&A May 2020

Are you seeking the answer to a thorny aviation question...

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News from May 1940

Ben Dunnell looks back 80 years to see how The Aeroplane covered momentous events of 1940...

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AEROPLANE Archive

Ben Dunnell explores The Aeroplane’s outstanding archives to...

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AEROPLANE ARCHIVE: EXERCISE ‘LONGSTOP'

What was at the time the biggest airborne exercise mounted in...

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AEROPLANE ARCHIVE: JUMP TO IT

The Scottish-designed autogyro that demonstrated vertical take-off...