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.

B.O.A.C.'s first DC-7C, taken at London Airport immediately after its arrival on October 31, the additional centre-section span can clearly be seen in this frontal view.  Photographs copyright “The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

BOAC’s first DC-7C

On October 31, 1956 the initial Douglas DC-7C for BOAC touched down in the UK and ‘The Aeroplane’ was there to cast an eye over this new addition to the fleet

Photographs of the new Russian airliner, the Ilyushin 62, show the similarity of the layout to the VC10. These photographs show the four rear-mounted turbojets and the high tailplane position. Abandoned in favour of a nose radome is the “bomb-aimer’s window” of Tupolev designs. In this respect the new aircraft follows Ilyushin practice and is reminiscent of the earlier Il-18. Feature Premium

First sighting of a Russian Classic

The Ilyushin Il-62, which NATO assigned the reporting name of ‘Classic’, has had a lengthy career and some examples are still flying. ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ in its October 4, 1962 issue published the first photos of the jetliner to be publicly seen in the West

Two pallets can be carried on this Bedford flat-deck truck at London Airport. One pallet is seen in this picture in process of being raised by the fork-lift truck, having been rolled off the rear of the Bedford. Feature Premium

First-ever jet combi scheduled service

Detailed insights into the TCA DC-8F Combi scheduled service from Montreal to London via Prestwick, which was covered in the March 7, 1963 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’

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Flashback to 1963 – HS748 Sales Demo Tours

A report on two intense sales tours Hawker Siddeley sent its 748 Series 2 demonstrator, as described in the August 15, 1963 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’

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Designer Tupolev’s first-hand insights into supersonic Tu-144

In an article published in the Aeroflot magazine ‘Grazhdanskaya Aviatsiya’ famous aircraft designer, A N Tupolev detailed the aeronautical engineering knowledge which led to the design adopted for the Tu-144 supersonic airliner.

Terminal buildings and apron at Islay. Feature Premium

BEA Heralds herald new dawn on Scottish routes

The November 15, 1962 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ reported on the introduction of the Handley Page Herald on the challenging Scottish Highlands and Islands routes operated by BEA at the time

An Ariana DC-6A/B at Kabul airport nearly 6,000ft above sea level. The airline carried 39,285 passengers in the Moslem year ended March 21, an increase of 3 per cent over the previous year. Feature Premium

1966 Afghanistan civil aviation flashback

A fascinating snapshot of the growing part aviation was playing in Afghanistan, as told in the July 28, 1966 ‘Aeroplane’

First One-Eleven 500 series for BEA photographed before its first flight, scheduled for today (Feb. 7), BEA is marketing the aircraft as the “Super one-eleven” and will put it into service on intra-German routes in November. Feature Premium

BEA’s first BAC One-Eleven Series 500

The BAC One-Eleven had achieved enough orders and sufficient potential for the stretched 500 series to be offered. BEA was the launch customer with details of the development of the variant explained in the February 7, 1968 issue of ‘Aeroplane’

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On the wings of a (de Havilland) Dove

This intriguing flight test of a de Havilland Dove appeared in the October 7, 1960 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’

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On board a BOAC wartime flying boat

A revealing visit to a BOAC operated Boeing 314-A flying boat undertaking wartime services for the British government was detailed in the February 6, 1942 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’