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.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS. – S.A.A.’s DC-7B “Dromedaris” at Jan Smuts Airport after a 21-hr. run from London. Feature Premium

1957 in-flight review – South African Airways DC-7 service

A first-hand account of a then new SAA DC-7 route from the May 10, 1957 issue of The Aeroplane

A T.W.A. Starliner, at London Airport. Feature Premium

Flying on the ultimate Constellation in 1957

The June 14, 1957 issue of The Aeroplane featured a report of flying on a TWA L-1649A Starliner, which details what it was like to fly on this iconic propliner.

FORMIDABLE FIGHTER . – A Supermarine Seafire I, with arrestor hook extended, landing on the deck of H.M.S. Formidable during the operations at Salerno. The ships reported to have taken part in this action were the 23,000-ton carriers Illustrious and Formidable, covered by the Nelson and Rodney, and the escort carriers Attacker, Battler, Hunter, Stalker, and Unicorn, covered by light cruisers and destroyers. Feature Premium

Uncovered – Seafires’ success at Salerno landings in 1943

An Air Liaison Officer reveals the full extent of the Fleet Air Arm’s contribution to the Allied landings at Salerno in Italy, as detailed in the November 26, 1943 issue of The Aeroplane

A Sea Vixen seconds before touching down. Feature Premium

Revealed – the precision engineering of the Sea Vixen

A revealing report on the production of the Sea Vixen from the April 4, 1958 issue of The Aeroplane

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

CSA Tu-104 Feature Premium

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