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History in the Air Since 1911

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Rare ex-RAF Vampire flies again in Utah

One of only two genuine T11s airworthy in the world takes to the skies after almost 20 years

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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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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 

V-Force pathfinder - the story of the unique black Valiant B2

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?

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Vulcan ops at Masirah

The RAF station at Masirah, off the Omani coast, was an unusual outpost for the Vulcan force usually stationed at Akrotiri, Cyprus, but it provided some memorable training 

‘Czech’ Hurricane to fly soon

Battle of France veteran fighter refinished in Duxford-based Czechoslovak squadron markings

Classic jetliners lined up for restoration in Greece

BAC One-Eleven and Boeing 727 set for preservation following sale

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Hitler's wings: how the Fw 200 Condor became the Führer's favoured transport

When high-ranking Nazis needed air transport during the war years, it was to a selection of Fw 200s that they turned

An F-86D-50-NA of the 513th Fighter Interception Squadron at Manston. Note the many vortex generators, including those on one of the NACA flush intakes for tailpipe cooling. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revealing insights into UK-based USAF F-86D Sabres

A detailed report on the new capabilities provided by the F-86D from the April 22, 1955 issue of The Aeroplane

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What did Roland Beamont make of the Fw 190?

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

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