Overshadowed by the Vulcan and Victor, the Valiant was the only one of the V-bombers to drop a nuclear bomb, the first to see combat and the RAF’s initial operational tanker. However, its career was cut short by structural problems, as Stephen Skinner describes
Flying on the edge of space, faster than a rifle bullet, Concorde was a cliché queen. The epitome of Anglo-French collaboration, it was unlike anything that had come before it and required an unprecedented level of technological innovation – as Stephen Skinner discovers…
A debt owed: The BAC One-Eleven was one of the brilliant successes of British aviation – but its journey into service was marred by the loss of the prototype and its crew on October 22, 1963. Stephen Skinner recounts that dark day
Considered by many to be as demanding as the US space programme, Stephen Skinner chronicled the testing and certification of Concorde in a special Key Publishing magazine on the legendary aircraft. It was a colossal challenge taking almost seven years and more than 5,000 flying hours – twice that of the Airbus A380.
Some aviation accidents seem inexplicable. How could a Boeing 727 collide with a Cessna 172, both flown by experienced crews, in excellent visibility, on approach to an airport with apparently good ATC and even a collision alert system? Stephen Skinner investigates
It is no more, it has ceased to be, it is bereft of life, it rests in peace… This is an ex-parrot. Well, in Europe at least... Stephen Skinner looks back at the the budgie’s big brother – the British Aerospace ATP
The story of Aloha Airlines Flight 243 is one of the most incredible in the history of commercial aviation. Stephen Skinner examines the events which led to a critical fuselage failure on a Boeing 737, before considering the legacy of the accident
In the latest of a special series of reports, Stephen Skinner recalls how tragic events at Manchester Airport in August 1985 became a watershed moment in improving safety standards throughout the global aviation industry