The Woracle’s Last Post

This is my last blog post for Flight, and I’ve realised I never introduced myself. I’m Graham Warwick. I was brought up in the Scottish Borders, on a hill farm, in a low-flying zone, where I learned to hate sheep, but love aeroplanes. I then studied aeronautical engineering at Southampton University, which was as far […]

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Warthog hyperbole – what was I smoking?

“Lizard-skinned Warthogs flit through German valleys en route to a rendezvous with tree-hugging Cobras.” Okay, that was definitely one of my more lurid feature intros. It was written in 1979, shortly after the Fairchild A-10, aka the Warthog, arrived in Europe. And in those days they carried the European 1, aka Lizard, colour scheme. But […]

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Confessions of a flight control freak

Early in my career on Flight I developed a fascination with fly-by-wire and the possibilities it offered for advanced configurations and new modes of flying. I wrote in excrutiating detail about a series of advanced flight-control demonstrators with extra bits attached to “relax stability” and basically fool the plane into thinking it was way more […]

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Tigershark, Tigershark burning bright, but briefly

It didn’t have foreplanes, or thrust vectoring, but one of the most enjoyable aircraft I’ve seen on the airshow circuit was Northrop’s F-20 Tigershark. I remember sitting in a traffic jam outside Le Bourget, watching the F-20 literally skid sideways above my head – powered by sheer marketing exuberance…or maybe desperation, as the Tigershark was […]

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Harrier fans still do it vertically

While at Hawker Siddeley, in 1977, I worked my way into the Future Projects office. I arrived just as they were submitting a proposal for Air Staff Target 403, for an advanced STOVL fighter to replace the RAF’s Harriers and Jaguars. After I joined Flight, I returned to Hawkers to interview my ex-boss. I was […]

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The ones I love to hate

Confession time: I am prone to irrational, unjustifiable dislikes when it comes to aeroplanes. More often than not it is an aircraft about which more fuss was made than the aircraft was worth – in my opinion, I hasten to add. Usually that fuss was being made in the pages of Flight and getting in […]

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Heinemann, his Hot Rod, and the fire alarm

Ed Heinemann is a hero of mine. At Douglas, he designed some of my favourite aeroplanes: the A-1 Skyraider, A-3 Skywarrior, A-4 Skyhawk and F4D Skyray. I got the chance to interview Ed in 1979, when I was researching a feature to mark delivery of the last Skyhawk, an A-4M to the US Marine Corps. […]

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The Woracle looks back

Here’s the thing, after almost 30 years I am departing Flight International for pastures new. I have seven days until The Woracle’s last post. So how best to mark this momentous life change? With pictures, of course. You know The Woracle: a picture is worth 1,000 words delivered after deadline. And where best to begin […]

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Know anything about repairing a Sea Harrier?

Any fellow alumni of Hawker Siddeley Aviation in Kingston out there? I have a call for help from the man who owns the only private Sea Harrier. After an emergency vertical landing late last year, owner Art Nalls (nallsaviation.com) is having some difficulties repairing the nose. He needs some help with rebuilding the radome ring […]

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Whatever happens, USAF is determined F-22 will fly on

Interesting what you find when you are looking for something else. Like what the US Air Force has in mind for the F-22, whether or not it gets more aircraft. Daniel Darnell, USAF deputy chief of staff air, space and information operations, plans and requirements, lays it out succinctly in recent testimony to Congress. Shutdown […]

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