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Keeping the Concorde magic alive – Concorde 101 at Duxford

By Keith Bradshaw. All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. In December 1968 the world saw the flight of the first supersonic passenger airliner when the prototype Tupolev TU-144 took to the skies in the USSR. Rushed into flight in a bid to become the first airliner of this type, very little testing […]

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The Berlin Airlift.

A 124,420,813 mile round trip! By Keith Bradshaw. All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. Photo US Navy Museum Dakotas unloading on the famous curved ramp at Templehof airport in Berlin. That was the total distance flown by allied aircraft 70 years ago during the 15 months of operations known as the Berlin […]

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RAMP RAMBLINGS 18

The final touchdown  By Keith Bradshaw Hello and welcome to Ramp Ramblings 18, ‘The final touchdown’, This heading will be explained later.  Those of you who read the last edition will remember I promised to bring you the story of the ‘Yellow Perils’ so without further ado let’s kick off with a look at Northeast […]

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DAS @ DAS or Duxford Aviation Society at a Duxford Air Show

We have hopefully all been to one of Duxford’s great air shows but how many of us have considered what goes on behind the scenes to bring to the public such a great day’s enjoyment. The centre of the DAS universe, Building 87 the control centre of all DAS air show activity. Let us take […]

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Aurigny Air Services celebrates its fiftieth anniversary

By Keith Bradshaw and Nigel Moll.  All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. Of the airlines represented in the British Airliner Collection, Monarch so nearly made their fiftieth birthday but it was not to be. However Aurigny did crack the half-century and is now one of the oldest operating airlines in the […]

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RAMP RAMBLINGS 17

RAMP RAMBLINGS………..By Keith Bradshaw. All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Ramp Ramblings. As promised last month we will continue our look at one of the many anniversaries we are celebrating this year with a piece on the BAC 1-11. March 4 sees the […]

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Wing and a Prayer!

Recently I was given two stories including flying incidents (one more serious than the other) so I decided to run them together under the title of “Wing and a prayer”. Thanks go to DAS member Tim Davies for his article about flying around with the RAF as a small boy in rather marginal weather and […]

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DAS Repaints the Hurricane Gate Guard.

Although not one of ours, late last year a new aeroplane appeared on the airliner ramp, a Hawker Hurricane replica. This normally lives atop a pole at the entrance to the public car park here at Duxford. Its owned by the IWM and the weather had taken its toll on the paintwork. Following our Military […]

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RB211 Engine Arrives!

We were offered by Monarch Airlines last year, for £1, a surplus RB211 engine languishing in a warehouse at Stansted Airport. Sadly, Monarch went into administration before the deal was finalised but the administrators honoured the original agreement and the engine arrived in February. It is currently up at Military Vehicle Wing workshops awaiting an […]

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