Aviation Articles

Spitfire Flight Test

In a recent re-issue of a special magazine by Key Publishing featuring military aircraft flight tests, Dave Unwin takes aloft the legendary Spitfire

Stieglitz and Spartan Executive shine at Goodwood

A host of historic aircraft gathered at September’s Goodwood Revival

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From the cockpit – T-28 Fennec

Named Fennec – after a desert fox – by the French who used them in anger over Algeria, the T-28S was part trainer and part red-blooded warbird. Dave Unwin reflects on a memorable ‘sortie’ from Duxford

Goodwood launches 2023 Rob Wildeboer Scholarships

The Goodwood Flying School has announced a new set of flying scholarships for 2023 – including 15 hours of training in a Piper Cub

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What is it like to own and fly a North American L-17 Navion?

From the same same stable as the legendary P-51 Mustang, the North American L-17 Navion offers both a user-friendly and enjoyably wild ride, as Dave Unwin discovered

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What is it like to fly a Fairchild PT-26 Cornell?

The PT-26 was the USAAC’s first monoplane trainer and a huge step forward from its ageing biplanes. A limited number remain airworthy – our resident pilot Dave Unwin sampled Bob Tullius’ immaculate Florida-based bird

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Goodwood honours for Hurricane and Catalina

The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours d’elegance returned for its 22nd year at September’s evocative Goodwood Revival in Sussex

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What is it like to fly the delectable Miles Falcon?

Anyone who has been fortunate enough to fly a vintage aircraft will know that, just occasionally, magic moments of total timelessness occur. I experienced such an event several years ago while flying Peter Holloway’s beautiful Miles Falcon...

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Pilot report: de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth

With ownership of de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth G-EBLV having officially transferred to the Shuttleworth Collection recently, it’s the perfect time for our resident pilot, Dave Unwin, to reflect on a flight in this most charismatic of biplanes

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At the controls of a Strikemaster

FlyPast’s resident pilot, Dave Unwin, reflects on two memorable flights, a decade apart, with Transair's Tom Moloney, at the controls of a pair of Strikemasters