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History in the Air Since 1911

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Revealed: the real secret missions of Sidney Cotton's Lockheed 12

As war neared, Sidney Cotton and Lockheed 12A G-AFTL helped change the face of British aerial reconnaissance. But what does fresh evidence, gathered as the aircraft was restored for Fighter Aviation Engineering, tell us about their covert activities?

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Fairey Hendon: the RAF's first monoplane bomber in depth

Matthew Willis, an enthusiast of all things Fairey, delves into the history of the RAF’s first monoplane bomber

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Was the 1912 Military Aeroplane Competition a pointless exercise?

The 1912 Military Aeroplane Competition sought to find the best flying machine for British Army needs. But when the contenders gathered on Salisbury Plain, the futility of the endeavour became clear

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Inside the WW1 aircraft workshops of France's Memorial Flight

Few organisations are as seasoned in restoring and reproducing First World War aircraft as the Memorial Flight association in France, and its current projects will produce an array of outstanding 1914-18 specimens

Caravelle goes on display in Finland

Classic airliner exhibited at Turku Airport

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When did a Me 262 last take to British skies?

The visit to the UK by the Flugmuseum Messerschmitt’s magnificent Me 262 reproduction conjured thoughts of the last time an example of the revolutionary German jet flew from British soil

More Saab SK 60s for Swedish historic flight

Three examples of jet trainer set to fly on after service retirement

Vincent arrival accelerates NZ Vildebeest restoration

Vickers biplanes come together in RNZAF museum restoration hangar

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Aeroplane meets... Peter Arnold

The world’s leading Spitfire expert has been instrumental in many a project — and travelled the globe in search of airframes

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The inside story of Ireland’s two-seat Spitfires

While Vickers-Armstrongs failed to enjoy their hoped-for success with the Spitfire Trainer, the Irish Air Corps was an enthusiastic customer. Today, these aircraft have assumed great importance on the warbird scene. With new research and never-before-seen archive photographs, this is the most comprehensive study yet of Ireland’s two-seat ‘Spits’

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