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The Avro Vulcan Unveiled

Steve Beebee revisits the origins of the Avro Vulcan and profiles a few of the significant figures behind the legendary bomber’s design

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BEA Elizabethan ‘Silver Wing’ Luxury Service

‘The Aeroplane’ was invited to sample ‘Silver Wing’, a new BEA luxury service to Paris, and in its May 9, 1952 issue gave its impressions as well as that of the Elizabethan aircraft utilised

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Harry Hawker one hundred years on

It’s just over 100 years since Australian pioneer Harry Hawker lost his life in a tragic accident. Ken Ellis pays tribute to an exceptional aviator

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Unseen colour photos of pre-1950 British Civil Aircraft

A fantastic new book, British Aviation: The First Half-Century contains 170 fabulously colourised images of pre-1950 British aircraft. Here's a selection of some known and some less well-known civil aircraft from the golden age of British aviation.

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HFB 320: The bizarre bizjet with backward wings

The Hansa Jet had an unusual design with forward-swept wings, which gave a number of benefits including a more spacious cabin due to the wing spar being further back. The April 8, 1965 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ covered the bizjet’s first visit to the UK

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The truth behind aviation's strangest tales

There’s a certain picture that pops up with surprising regularity on social media showing a Spitfire flying alongside a V-1 flying bomb. The clarity of the picture alone is enough to reveal it’s a fake, but it does get people talking. Did RAF fighters really get close enough to flip Hitler’s terror weapon? And, if so, why?

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Air-to-air with the Polish Heritage Flight

Established in 2019 to salute the heroism of Polish aircrew during World War Two, the Polish Heritage Flight possesses a Spitfire with significant history. Darren Harbar goes air-to-air with this magnificent machine and learns more about its provenance and role

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Explained: A350 and Falcon tailchases over the Med'

What have business jets and widebody airliners flying in close formation got to do with sustainability? Here's what...

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80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver details the build-up, attack on and importance of Pearl Harbor to America

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Airliner World January 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format