Articles from the latest issue in digital format
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
The concept of target-marking had been proved with great success by the RAF of World War Two, but how would it translate to the jet bomber age? The Vickers Valiant was chosen to lead the role into this new era. Why, then, did the menacing and very capable ‘Black Bomber’, the Valiant B2, end up being a one-off?
BAC One-Eleven and Boeing 727 set for preservation following sale
When high-ranking Nazis needed air transport during the war years, it was to a selection of Fw 200s that they turned
A detailed report on the new capabilities provided by the F-86D from the April 22, 1955 issue of The Aeroplane
Joining the Tactics Branch of the Central Fighter Establishment at Tangmere in 1945, Roland Beamont reacquainted himself with the Focke-Wulf Fw 190. In an article first published in the August 1993 issue of Aeroplane, the famed test pilot recalled how it matched up to its Allied opposition