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.
The Hansa Jet had an unusual design with forward-swept wings, which gave a number of benefits including a more spacious cabin due to the wing spar being further back. The April 8, 1965 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ covered the bizjet’s first visit to the UK
In addition to de Havilland, the 125 would go on to be built by Hawker Siddeley, British Aerospace, Raytheon and Hawker Beechcraft in a number of different variants with around 1,700 examples produced. This article, which appeared in the March 21, 1963 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ provides a glimpse into the certification of the Bristol Siddeley Viper 20 engine. The aircraft featured in this article, G-ARYC, survives as an exhibit at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum in Hertfordshire
Pan Am was a pioneering airline in many ways with this article on its Boeing 707 -321Cs, from the June 27, 1963 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’, an example of how it was at the vanguard of exploring new opportunities
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