Aeroplane December 2023

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Vickers Valiant and Britain’s first nuclear bomb

British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin’s quote about the necessity of developing an independent nuclear deterrent — “We’ve got to have the bloody Union Jack flying on top of it” — signifies the priority placed on this programme as the Cold War reared its head. It led, 70 years ago, to the first ‘special weapons’ arriving at an RAF station, and to the Vickers Valiant becoming the first platform able to deliver them 

What next for Lufthansa’s Starliner?

Classic Lockheed propliner moved to storage in Hamburg — but where will it end up on display?

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The last of the Victors

It’s now three decades since the RAF said farewell to its last ‘V-bomber’, and retired the Victor K2 tankers of No 55 Squadron. But they weren’t about to slip quietly away…

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Aeroplane December 2023

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Newly completed P-51 for UK owner

Fresh rebuild from Midwest Aero Restorations set to head for Britain

Turboprop Tracker flies again in France

Ex-Sécurité Civile Turbo Firecat to be operated at airshows by Alençon-based association

Is there a future for Hunter flying in Switzerland?

Another example of the Hawker fighter has been grounded — and only one other may fly again as Swiss classic jet scene dwindles

Unique two-seat Fw 190 leaves RAF Museum

Fw 190 F-8/U1 flown by ‘Winkle’ Brown heads to Berlin on loan