The Aviation Historian: The modern journal of classic aeroplanes and the history of flying

The Aviation Historian
The Aviation Historian
The modern journal of classic aeroplanes and the history of flying
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Look inside the current issue of TAH

For a glimpse of what’s in Issue No 36 of The Aviation Historian, click/tap images below-right to view larger PDF versions of our tasters featuring just ten of its 132 pages.

In the current issue:

'The Original Photo Bombers – The Boeing RB-29 & the birth of strategic air command global reconnaissance' (double-page spread)

A Missed Opportunity? The tantalising possibility of a truly long-rane PR Spitfire (double-page spread)

The Golden Age? (double-page spread)

A Question of Calibre – Why did the RAF persist with the 0.303in Machine-gun? (double-page spread)

Victor/Martel – from V-Bomber to Wild Weasel? (double-page spread)

The Westland Affair
Professor Keith Hayward FRAeS examines the notorious political events of 1985–86 and the long-term effects they had on the future of Britain’s defence industrial base

The Original Photo Bombers
Bill Cahill explores the part played by the Boeing RB-29 Superfortress in the birth of Strategic Air Command’s global reconnaissance capability

Ces Hommes Magnifiques: Jean de Chappedelaine (again)
Jean-Christophe Carbonel’s series on France’s “magnificent men” concludes with a return to de Chappedelaine, and his attempt to exploit the “Magnus Effect” with the Aérogyre

Hunter 80
Using declassified tactical documents, Peter Lewis opens a two-part series on Switzerland’s “Hunter 80” programme, in which the Hawker fighter was re-roled as a “mud-mover”

A Missed Opportunity?
In his final article, the late Melvyn Hiscock recalls a series of conversations with illustrious company on the subject of a long-range photo-reconnaissance Spitfire “what if?”

The Golden Age?
The Short Empire Flying Boats of Imperial Airways typified elegant, exotic travel in the 1930s – but was it really as glamorous as it seemed? Ralph Pegram investigates . . .

The World’s Smallest Fighter Force
In 1955 the small Central American nation of Costa Rica acquired four F-51D Mustangs; two were lost in accidents and the other two rarely flew, as Leif Hellström explains

A Question of Calibre
Armament specialist Mark Russell addresses a reader’s query regarding the 1930s RAF’s decision to stick with rifle-calibre ammunition, even well into World War Two

The Compañia de Aviación Faucett Story
Maurice Wickstead chronicles the genesis and evolution of Peru’s de facto national airline, established by American expatriate Elmer “Slim” Faucett in 1928

The use of the Shrike anti-radar missile by Vulcans in the Falklands in 1982 is well-known; the fact that plans were made to equip the Victor with the Anglo-French Martel for the same mission is not, as Tom Withington reveals

American Aviators in Japan Pt 1
In the first half of a new series, Edward M. Young details the pre-First World War Oriental aerial adventures of James “Bud” Mars, William B. Atwater and Charles F. Niles

Canada’s Ice Patrol
Nick Stroud looks into the story behind an intriguing batch of Douglas DC-4 negatives found in the TAH archive

Monsieur Delprat’s Flying Summerhouse
Moving house – literally; Philip Jarrett brings to light a proposal for an extraordinary Edwardian flying machine


Look inside back-issues of TAH

You can check the content of all available back-issues of The Aviation Historian in two ways:

  1. Visit our Single issues page, where you can see the front cover of each issue, read a one-sentence list of the most significant articles, and view/download a PDF of that issue’s contents page.
  2. Visit our Index page, where you can download a free PDF of our regularly-updated index to everything we’ve published, compiled by author, title and subject. So if you want to know where to find information about the CIA’s secret airline, or a photograph of the cockpit of a Vickers Vespa, or how stewardesses faked hot toddies for a cabinful of passengers when someone had nicked the brandy from the galley, you can zero-in on the exact TAH issue you need.

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