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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady arrives at Hill Aerospace Museum

The Hill Aerospace Museum in Utah took delivery of Lockheed U-2C ‘Dragon Lady’ 56-6716 on March 27, 2022.

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Starfighter scandal: Did Germany's Lockheed F-104 deserve its bad name?

Fatal crashes and a bribery affair — the reputation of the Lockheed F-104 in Germany could hardly have been worse. But the Starfighter barely deserved its bad name

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The nail-biting tale of Flying Tiger Flight 923

With the world distracted by a looming Cuban Missile Crisis, the incredible story of Flying Tiger Flight 923 was largely overlooked at the time. Following extensive new research, Eric Lindner shines a light on the drama faced by a Super Constellation over the Atlantic

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20 things you didn't know about the Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Two planes, one pilot: the P-38 Lightning made its first flight on January 27, 1939. It had a top speed of over 400 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest fighters to date. To mark the anniversary of its first flight, we’ve put together 22 facts that you may not have known of the P-38 Lightning…

US hands over second C-130H Hercules to Niger

A second C-130H Hercules has been delivered by the US Government to Niger to join the Armée de l’Air du Nigér (Niger Air Force) inventory

How the USSR unwittingly helped America build the SR-71 Blackbird

On this day in 1964, the Cold War spy plane took to the skies for the first time. Unbeknownst to the Soviets, they’d played a hand in making it happen...

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Lockheed RB-69A: the spy plane the CIA used over China

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

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Inside Britain's U-2 operations during the 1950s

In the 1950s, the UK collaborated with US intelligence to conduct U-2 missions over the Soviet Union. Until recently, the details have remained secret. In this edited extract from his latest book, We Were Never There, Dr Kevin Wright investigates the cover story that enabled it to happen

New Zealand retires first P-3K2 Orion

The Royal New Zealand Air Force retired its first Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft on September 24, after 55 years of operational service