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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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April Fool, on me

The previous post was obviously a hoax, but the joke backfired on me as I set the wrong release time! “Wake me up when its April 1st”

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Sikorsky flies coaxial-rotor X2 in secret

Sikorsky has flown its coaxial-rotor X2 Technology demonstrator, in secret. To keep the private-venture project out of the public eye, the company took the unusual step of flying the small helicopter indoors. But in a blow for Sikorsky security, clandestine video of the secret first flight has been posted on youtube. From the video, it’s […]

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