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Straight & Level 9 July

Here V go again for the VulcanIt is the heritage aircraft that refuses to die… thanks to the generosity of supporters and its appeal to air show audiences year after year. The charity that operates the last flying Avro Vulcan is confident it can keep the V bomber flying another two summer seasons after this […]

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Straight & Level 2 July

“I told you we should have put the door there.” A Bombardier Challenger 601 has a close encounter with a hangar wall at Chino airport, near Los Angeles Noah way out of this place?This year’s Paris air show will live long in the memory for its biblical thunderstorms, causing the Twitterati to muse about floatplanes […]

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Straight & Level 4 June

Wooden Wonder finds its wingsThanks to Geoff Jones for this photo of a beautifully restored de Havilland DH98 Mosquito “Wooden Wonder”.The aircraft was reconstructed in New Zealand where it first flew in September 2012. It was then dismantled and shipped to the USA, where it is now based at Jerry Yagen’s Fighter Factory in Virginia […]

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Straight & Level 21 May

What a drag: Sir Richard Branson in AirAsia garb serves a meal to airline owner Tony Fernandes. The Virgin boss lost a bet over whose Formula 1 team would have the best season The Spitfire that did the splitsSometimes the painstaking air crash inquiry process is mercifully short, as in the case of the Supermarine […]

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Straight & Level 14 May

Dambusters still bouncing at 70The technology was far from perfect and the 617 Sqn mission failed to significantly damage the German war machine or shorten the war, but the Dambusters have remained part of military folklore since. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Sir Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb raids of May 1943, the UK’s Brooklands […]

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Straight & Level 7 May

This is one of a series of more than 50 stunning images by German photographer Dietmar Eckell of abandoned aircraft wrecks in remote locations around the world. It is not as morbid as it sounds: all the accidents were non-fatal; the project’s title is Happy End. Eckell is looking for at least $4,000 to produce […]

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Straight & Level 30 April

Keeping Connie in the skiesAfter a “black year” in 2012, the team responsible for keeping one of the last two airworthy Lockheed Super Constellations in the skies is desperate for funds.Switzerland’s Super Constellation Flyers Association has been transporting passengers in its Connie (HB-RSC/MSN 4175) since 2004. However, last year, two engines had to be repaired […]

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Straight & Level 23 April

Rex Features Why BA must revive ConcordeWith the 10th anniversary of the last Concorde service fast approaching (British Airways’ G-BOAG from JFK, together with two other Concordes on ceremonial final flights, landed at Heathrow on 24 October 2003), campaigners have not given up trying to get the old girl back in the sky. The Save […]

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Straight & Level 9 April

Bidding for a piece of historyNever mind the event name, the item topping the list of the Spring Classic Car Auction in Toronto isn’t an automobile at all, but a former Air Canada Boeing 767-200.Not just any old twinjet, either, but possibly the most well-known aircraft in the country’s history – nothing less than the […]

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Straight & Level 26 March

Willie sells BMI’s place in countryThe 18th century Donington Hall, near Derby, HQ of BMI for more than 30 years, symbolised the ambitions of Sir Michael Bishop to take on British Airways and turn his upstart airline into part of the UK aviation establishment. Now the grade II-listed country seat has become the latest casualty […]

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