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Bomber Command’s raid against the Renault works at Billancourt on 3 March 1942 was a pivotal one for several reasons. Not only did it see the first application of new operational techniques under Arthur Harris, but post-strike reconnaissance brought to the fore the outstanding qualities of the new de Havilland Mosquito
Thanks to the late John Smith, a de Havilland Mosquito FBVI survived in a New Zealand shed for more than 60 years. Now returned to engine-running condition and displayed in the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, this historical ‘time capsule’ is a tribute to its former owner’s part in the preservation movement
Radio Proving Flights: the innocuous name given to top-secret electronic intelligence-gathering sorties, approved at the highest level, probing the performance of Soviet radar systems. In a lesser-known facet of its brief RAF service, the Boeing Washington was among the platforms that undertook this crucial Cold War role.
What was life like as a ground attack pilot on the other side of the Iron Curtain, flying the challenging MiG-23BN attack aircraft with East Germany’s air arm? Some of the tactics may have been familiar in the West, but certain underlying doctrines weren’t
The Vickers Valiant: first of the ‘V-bombers’, and the one now most forgotten, despite how it paved the way for those that followed. A former co-pilot takes us into the Valiant’s cockpit, first in training with No 232 Operational Conversion Unit and then operationally on reconnaissance missions with No 543 Squadron, and reveals a capable but sometimes challenging aeroplane
Concluding a seven-part series, we examine what the picture is like for Britain’s aeronautical sector 70 years into the ‘new Elizabethan’ age
Flying the Lockheed SR-71A was a team effort like no other in the US Air Force. In a unique joint interview, a pilot and reconnaissance systems officer who formed just such a partnership recall operating to the very edges of the envelope
The penultimate part of our series looking at the British aviation industry during Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign places a spotlight on activities between 2002 and 2012, when government cuts begin to bite
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