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History in the Air Since 1911

With a focus on iconic military aircraft from the 1930s to the 1960s such as the Spitfire, Hurricane, and Lancaster, Aeroplane magazine also regularly includes fascinating features on historic civil light aircraft and other types that are scarcely covered elsewhere – making it the most balanced historic aviation monthly on the market, and a must-read for all aviation enthusiasts.

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The Illustrious 500 Squadron

Engaged in the Operation ‘Torch’ landings and anti-U-boat patrols in the Mediterranean, No 500 Squadron’s efforts with the Lockheed Hudson added considerably to this auxiliary unit’s already illustrious reputation

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The rise and fall of the Semiquaver

Shortly after the trans-Atlantic episode, Martinsyde drafted a new machine, this time a racing aeroplane...

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The Last Lightning Show

RAF Binbrook’s final public salute to the service’s most dramatic jet fighter proved a virtual wash-out, but who cared?

Hurricane 501’s training duo: the Hurricane I itself and Harvard IV Wacky Wabbit, being flown by Neil Oakman and Andy Goodall respectively. Feature Premium

HURRICANE SCHOOL

Ever wondered how it's possible to sustain a private warbird operation long into the future, and provide a flow of new pilots to fly it safely? The operators of Battle of Britain veteran Hawker Hurricane I V7497 believe they have the answer

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de Havilland Mosquito: a race for the Bendix Trophy

In the brave new post-war world of the cross-country Bendix Trophy air race, surely the rapid and reliable de Havilland Mosquito would offer competitors a winning combination? Not so...

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The pro's and cons of the Me 163

No-one was in any doubt as to the Me 163’s exceptionally dangerous characteristics...

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(Tiger) Nine Lives

There are two nine-ship display acts on the British circuit — one the Red Arrows, the other the Tiger Nine. We joined the Tiger Moth-equipped outfit, and discovered an operation just as professional as its military counterpart

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Italo Balbo's epic Brazilian flight

Today the name Balbo is synonymous with large formation flights. In late 1930 and early 1931, from Italy to Brazil, there took place the first of the aerial voyages that made it so...

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Aeroplane meets Tim Manna

Work in the City brought this former US Navy P-3 Orion pilot to Britain — and the historic aircraft scene can be thankful it did...

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Two men in a Martinsyde

Everyone remembers Alcock, Brown and their Vickers Vimy, but they had many rivals in the race to fly the Atlantic first — and the one-off Martinsyde Raymor, named after its two pilots, was among them...