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Concorde…50 glorious years!

In celebration of 50 years since the first flight of Concorde, Keith Bradshaw introduces an article about flying to New York by retired British Airways Concorde Flight Engineer Trevor Evans. Photo credit Keith Bradshaw Grace, beauty, speed are just some of the words forever associated with Concorde. Back in March 1969, the second of March […]

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200 over and out! Episode three

Photo Keith Bradshaw A Chalk’s airlines Grumman Turbo Mallard takes off from the cruise ship terminal at Miami on a flight to the Bahamas. Welcome to the third episode of this short series of flying stories from my flights on 200 different types. This time around I’ll recount of few tales from my Floatplane and […]

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If only planes could talk!

Our intrepid reporter, Keith Bradshaw caught up with the Viscount and recounts the moment when G-ALWF found out about plans for her to star in a film. Imagine you are Sir John Franklin. Not the Victorian Artic explorer who sadly lost his life looking for the Northwest passage, but a BEA discovery class Viscount named […]

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BAC ONE-Eleven

A special place in British aviation history. By Giles Beale. The British Aircraft Corporation One-Eleven was designed as a jet successor to the highly successful Vickers Viscount turbo prop aircraft.  The initial design was produced by Hunting Aircraft Limited but developed further once Hunting became part of the newly formed British Aircraft Corporation in January […]

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Ken Pettit tribute

Members and friends of Duxford Aviation Society are saddened to hear that one of our founder members, Ken Pettit, has died in a fire at his home in Cambridge. Ken made an immense contribution to the formation and success of DAS, was an active volunteer for many years and was writing a memoir about the […]

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Unlike Pigs……. Cars can fly !

The story of the UK’s Air Ferry services using those eccentric aeroplanes the Bristol Freighter and the ATL Carvair. By keith Bradshaw. In 1948 the fledgling airline Silver City came into being. Initially as a freight airline it decided to try it’s hand at a new venture and offer Air Ferry services from its base […]

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Pond hopping!

4 October 2018 sees the 60th anniversary of the first commercial jet airliner flights across the Atlantic. Our Comet G-APDB, here at Duxford, was one of two aircraft that took part in that historic crossing. This is a brief history of commercial airliner flights over the Atlantic Ocean. It all began when two push bike […]

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