Aeroplane Archive

The Key.Aero team have delved for treasure in the archive of Aeroplane Magazine dating back to 1911. Aviation history brought to life by the editors of the period.

Scimitars from X Flight of No. 700 Squadron. Feature Premium

Early Days of the Fleet Air Arm’s Scimitar

A report on the trials unit and technical developments incorporated in the Royal Navy’s new Scimitar multi-role fighter from the April 4, 1958 edition of The Aeroplane

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Revealing report from on-board the USSR’s first jetliner

Read an account from the April 4, 1958 issue of The Aeroplane aboard a CSA Tupolev Tu-104A

The dual-control Canberra T. Mk. 4 which is to be used for Operational Conversion. Feature Premium

Behind the Scenes of the Canberra OCU in 1952

An interesting visit to the RAF’s Canberra training unit, from the September 5, 1952 issue of The Aeroplane, to see how the Service was going about preparing crews for this then new jet bomber

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

The composite picture of Gatwick shows (left) the arrangement of the proposed runways, taxi tracks and building areas superimposed on an Ordnance Survey map, with (right) an aerial view of the present site, taken by the Air Survey Company and reduced to the same scale. In the map solid black is used to show the paving work to be completed by 1956 and cross-hatching to show the duplicate runway system, work on which is to be started in 1958. Th N.E.-S.W. runway may be laid down at the same time if traffic de Feature Premium

Unearthed: the original plan for Gatwick from 1952

A fascinating piece on what was the original plan for Gatwick from the October 17, 1952 issue of The Aeroplane

Amazing Access in 1941 to a New Variant of Me 109 Feature Premium

Amazing Access in 1941 to a New Variant of Me 109

A revealing insight into a new version of Me 109, from the August 1, 1941 issue of The Aeroplane, which had force-landed in Kent at the height of World War Two

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Birth of a Legend – B-17 World War Two Debut with the RAF

A revealing report from the August 22, 1941, issue of The Aeroplane into this new bomber, with the author clearly impressed by its design and capabilities

The Airship Graf Zeppelin Feature Premium

Rare 90-year-old report of a Zeppelin flight!

This account of an aerial tour of Britain, from the September 16, 1931 issue of The Aeroplane, provides revealing insights into the operation and passenger experience of flying in one of these behemoths

Etendard IVP, No. 07 of the production batch is being used for flight trials of the Douglas “Buddy pack” in-flight refuelling system. Feature Premium

Inside Dassault’s Fighter Factory in 1962

A snapshot of Dassault’s fighter production lines and details of a supersonic VTOL Mirage from the pages of The Aeroplane and Astronautics issue of February 8, 1962

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Unearthed: Rare bombing training flight in a Victor

Climb aboard a Victor with John Fricker for a bombing training sortie from the April 8, 1960 issue of The Aeroplane and Astronautics.