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UK planespotting highlights: December 2022

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.

Vulcan returning ‘home’ to Southend hangar

Avro Vulcan B.2 XL426 is to be rolled into Hangar 6 at London Southend Airport on Saturday

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Vulcan roars again at special Southend event

On Saturday August 27, Avro Vulcan B.2 XL426 celebrated her 60th birthday by performing taxi runs down the runway at its London Southend Airport home

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Laker Airways is born: Remembering Sir Freddie Laker

After founding Air Charter and growing a lucrative vehicle ferry service, Sir Freddie developed ambitious plans for even further expansion of his aviation empire

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Diversifying business interests: Remembering Sir Freddie Laker

Leveraging his broad skillset to tap into enormous post-World War Two demand, Freddie Laker’s business interests diversified rapidly in the 1950s, albeit with mixed success

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The early years: Remembering Sir Freddie Laker

Born during the interwar years and coming of age in a boom time for British aviation, the early efforts of Frederick Alfred Laker helped define his career trajectory

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Why London dominates the world's busiest airline markets

In this special insight, Mike Malik, Cirium’s chief marketing officer drills into the latest data to discover which city comes out on top in the battle for global air supremacy

Southend Vulcan to go ‘under cover’

Avro Vulcan B.2 XL426, maintained in ground running condition at London Southend Airport by the Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT), is to be returned to the airport’s Hangar 6 later this summer.

Southend Vulcan to be opened to visitors 

Visit the Vulcan Day returns for the first time in 2022 at London Southend Airport on April 24, giving visitors the chance to see Avro Vulcan XL426 up close.

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IN PICTURES: Stunning shots of visiting airliners at Southend in the 1970s

Regular contributor Ron Mak delves into his vast aviation archive to present a selection of stunning aircraft types he captured at England’s Southend Airport during the 1970s and 1980s