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Aeroplane June 2022

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The Maurice Farman S7 Longhorn reproduction, being built for a private owner, dominates the Flying Restorations hangar. The DH2 and DH53 are visible at rear. All photos Darren Harbar Feature Premium

EXCLUSIVE! Legendary World War One aircraft resurrected

With reproductions of both a Maurice Farman Longhorn and an Airco DH2 set to emerge from its Old Warden premises, Flying Restorations is building on its reputation for top-notch workmanship when it comes to antique aeroplanes

Having achieved what some considered impossible, Comet 4 XV814 approaches to land back at Farnborough in August 1992 after its global circumnavigation. VIA ROGER BEAZLEY Feature Premium

Round the World in a Comet in 1992

Some said it couldn’t be done — that this old aircraft would fail somewhere along the way. However, the Defence Research Agency’s Comet 4 XV814 defied the doubters and, in the summer of 1992, made it round the world. The then head of experimental flying at Farnborough recalled a memorable trip in the May 2016 issue of ‘Aeroplane’

A presentation in front of the two Comets at Hatfield. From left to right: A&AEE public relations officer Sqn Ldr John Taylor, DH88 project co-ordinator Ron Paine, BAe Hatfield general manager Tony Saint, A&AEE Mission Systems Division superintendant Brian Close, and pilots Stewart Waring and Sqn Ldr Mic Edwards. ADRIAN M. BALCH Feature Premium

Meeting of the Comets

Only once did the two Comets, DH88 and DH106, fly together — and it was 30 years ago this year

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Unit report: On patrol with Portugal's P-3C fleet

The Portuguese Air Force’s P-3C maritime patrol aircraft is the workhorse of the country’s search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare capabilities, an adaptable platform that can be rapidly configured for each mission set

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Exercise Iniochos at Andravida Air Base

While most of the world was watching events unfold in Ukraine, the Hellenic Air Force was hosting Exercise Iniochos at Andravida Air Base. Combat Aircraft Journal was there

A tidy and relatively simple control cabin layout is especially essential in the case of a jet transport, in which, at critical stages of a flight, a great deal must be done in a short time. This more restful occasion in the Comet's control cabin was pictured while Capt. A. M. A. Majendie, M.A., was pointing out the features to Lord Ogmore, lately Minister of Civil Aviation. Capt. Majendie has done a greater part of the flying and operational development work for the Comet Unit. ‘Aeroplane’ photograph Feature Premium

BOAC Comet Captain insights

CAPT. M. R. ALDERSON, who was in charge of B.O.A.C.’s Comet unit, spoke to H. A. TAYLOR for the January 11, 1952 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’ and gave an outline of some of the more interesting features in jet transport operation after six months of preliminary route-proving trials

RESEARCH – AND DEVELOPMENT – During the early days of the Comet’s design history, consideration was given to the claims of the tailless, swept-back layout. Some valuable practical experience in this direction was obtained with the D.H.108 which was specially built for research into this problem. Here is the Comet on the day of its first flight, with the D.H.108. Feature Premium

Comet creator – insights from de Havilland’s chief designer

The man who designed the revolutionary Comet jetliner, R E Bishop, wrote this exclusive article for ‘The Aeroplane’ which was published the same day as the aircraft’s first commercial service on May 2, 1952

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First ever colour photos of the Comet

‘The Aeroplane’ scored a world exclusive when it published the first colour photos of the Comet in its July 29, 1949 issue. The piece also explored the design of this revolutionary aircraft

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Inside the Y-8Q: China’s new sub-hunting talisman

Combat Aircraft Journal details China’s latest anti-submarine warfare asset, the Y-8Q.