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Boscombe Down Lightning testing: two ETPS pilots reflect on their experiences

Two graduates of the Empire Test Pilots’ School look back on their Lightning experiences at Boscombe Down

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One man and his SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1

Phil Stevens caught up with Neil Atterbury – the man single-handedly returning a former RAF SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 back to its former glory…

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How the SR-71 Blackbird came to be based in Britain

It is now half a century since the first visit by a Lockheed SR-71 to UK shores, and the start of a link between Britain and ‘Blackbird’ that came almost to define the height of the Anglo-American bond. But the road to US Air Force SR-71 operations from Mildenhall was not always a smooth one 

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Swedish Gripens latest road operations exercise

Alan Warnes headed to Sweden to see Swedish Air Force Gripens in action, flying from highways. Just as they did during the height of the Cold War all those years ago...

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Virgin Atlantic insights: reflecting on the past, looking to the future

Corneel Koster, chief customer and commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, shares his thoughts on the airline’s journey and future plans

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Aeroplane August 2024

August 2024 issue of Aeroplane in page-turning format features a 48-page special to mark the 70th anniversary of the English Electric Lightning

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Airliner World August 2024

August 2024 issue of Airliner World in page-turning format puts the spotlight on the Olympic Games in Paris and reveals how Air France and Groupe ADP have prepared for the influx of thousands of athletes, delegates and fans

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Secret CIA overflights of China using converted Neptunes

The little-known RB-69A was used by the CIA and Republic of China Air Force to mount covert overflights across the mainland of communist China. Dr Kevin Wright explores the career of the USAF type that never was…

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Latest Mosquito to take to the skies: From the cockpit

Planes of Fame’s Steve Hinton spoke to FlyPast after flying the latest ‘Wooden Wonder’ to take to the skies

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Lessons learned: NATO’s Kosovo air campaign 25 years on

In the early hours of March 24, 1999, NATO aircraft began attacking targets across Yugoslavia. Serbian forces withdrew from Kosovo three months later and 700,000 ethnic Albanian refugees returned home. Tim Ripley examines lessons learnt from Operation Allied Force