• The Humble Humbrol Hunter

    The Humble Humbrol Hunter

    Modellers across the world (of plastic kits, not catwalks) instinctively know of Airfix, a brand that has become so synonymous with the hobby that even kits made by other manufacturers are routinely referred to as “Airfix kits”. But when owner Humbrol’s plant was abandoned in 2006, the company’s Hawker Hunter mascot was left out in the cold.

     
  • Could This be the Patent for a Top Secret Spyplane?

    Could This be the Patent for a Top Secret Spyplane?

    Even top secret aircraft, known as black projects, require something as seemingly mundane as a patent. This one from the late 1970s is interesting. It looks like a classic “flying wing” design, albeit for a much smaller aircraft than the B2 Stealth Bomber. Hearsay suggests such a plane might actually be flying. Let’s take a look at the evidence.

     
  • Cold War Intercept: Two Adversaries, Two Unique Photographs

    Cold War Intercept: Two Adversaries, Two Unique Photographs

    These two images capture a unique moment in Cold War history – one photograph taken by an American pilot, the other by a Russian. Intercepts like this were common at the time, but even if adversary pilots both had their cameras with them, it is highly unusual that both pictures should finally find their way into the same collection.

     
  • Rumoured Top Secret Aircraft That Probably Never Flew

    Rumoured Top Secret Aircraft That Probably Never Flew

    There is nothing more fascinating in the aviation world than the “black projects” – aircraft programs that are so secret that even those with the highest security clearance have no idea they exist. But occasionally the veil of secrecy is accidentally lifted, offering a fleeting glimpse into this shadowy world. Here we take to the air with six of the world’s most classified aircraft (assuming they exist, that is!).

     
  • 10 Spectacular Aircraft Ejections

    10 Spectacular Aircraft Ejections

    They say any landing you walk away from is a good one. But does the same thing go for ejecting? In this amazing sequence of footage we see aircraft colliding with one another, overshooting aircraft carrier runways and simply breaking apart in mid-air – with the pilots at the controls “banging out” out at the last possible second.

     
  • Mighty O to Great Carrier Reef: Chronology of a Sunken Aircraft Carrier

    Mighty O to Great Carrier Reef: Chronology of a Sunken Aircraft Carrier

    On May 17, 2006 the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany was sunk off the coast of Florida, becoming the world’s largest artificial reef. This article, including 41 great images, examines Oriskany’s naval career from construction to the Vietnam War to her final fate as a haven for marine life and recreation spot for divers.

     
  • In Pictures: Vulcan XH558 – Last of a Legend

    In Pictures: Vulcan XH558 – Last of a Legend

    This mighty delta forms the unmistakable outline of the iconic Vulcan bomber, Britain’s Cold War nuclear deterrent. The Vulcan in the picture, XH558, is the last flying example of the type, kept alive by a dedicated team of enthusiasts and the unconditional support of her fans. But not all Vulcans have been so lucky…

     
  • Six Lost American Air Bases in Britain

    Six Lost American Air Bases in Britain

    For a brief period in our history, the silence of eastern England’s picturesque counties was shattered by the dull rumble of piston engines. All day every day, these quiet farming communities were alive with the sound of war as British and American heavy bombers took off to rain havoc on targets in continental Europe. Many would never return. Here are the remnants of some American bases with very British names…

     
  • The Midget Submarines of Aberlady

    The Midget Submarines of Aberlady

    Aberlady Bay is an area of outstanding natural beauty skirting the windswept Scottish coast, near the town of North Berwick. A walkers’ paradise and wildlife haven, few people know the history behind the only man-made objects to punctuate the sand at low tide, or their crucial role in sinking one of World War Two’s most formidable battleships.

     
 
 
 
 

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