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Airliner World March 2024

The full issue in page-turning format

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Back to the future: was the US Navy’s latest aircraft carrier trying out Cold War tactics?

During the recent maiden operational cruise of the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the aircraft carrier was sighted in a Norwegian fjord. Key.Aero’s Editor At Large, Dino Carrara, examines how the US Navy may be dusting off an ingenious Cold War tactic for carrier air wing operations.

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Remarkable survivor - Navy Wings Swordfish

What it lacked in speed and svelte lines, it more than made up for in versatility, endurance and operational success. In fact, the Fairey Swordfish was one of Britain’s most successful World War Two aircraft. Steve Beebee speaks to Navy Wings about W5856, its remarkable Mk.I survivor

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Battle of Britain Legend - 303 (Polish) Squadron

Having spent ten years researching their role in the Battle of Britain, Richard King delves into the legend to answer the question: fact or fiction?

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Keeping the Vulcan ‘howl’ alive… but how do you do it?

Jamie Ewan dropped in on the Vulcan Restoration Trust to get an update on Avro Vulcan B.2 XL426, now that the revered jet is in a new hangar at London’s Southend Airport

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Brooklands Valiant cockpit restoration

Brooklands Museum’s Matthew Haswell explained in the November 2016 issue of FlyPast how volunteers were rejuvenating a Valiant cockpit

A day with Handley Page Victor XM715

Darren Harbar spent a day at Bruntingthorpe with the dedicated team that keeps XM715 alive and recounted it in the February 2016 issue of FlyPast 

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The last of the Victors

It’s now three decades since the RAF said farewell to its last ‘V-bomber’, and retired the Victor K2 tankers of No 55 Squadron. But they weren’t about to slip quietly away…

Nimrods and Victors sharing a very crowded ramp at Wideawake during Operation Corporate. Crown Copyright Feature Premium

Multi-role Victors of the Falklands War

British success in the Falklands War relied heavily on the vital contribution of the Victor. Glenn Sands detailed the aircraft type’s involvement in the conflict in the July 2012 issue of FlyPast

Victor cutaway - get under the skin of this V-Bomber

A cutaway drawing of the Handley Page Victor K2 tanker