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 28 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:

Concorde – The Political perspective (double-page spread)

From Nile Eagle to Nasser's Folly (double-page spread)

Richard T. Riding (1942–2019) (double-page spread)

Bad Vibrations (double-page spread)

The Oldest Swinger In Town (double-page spread)

Airbus Industrie
Professor Keith Hayward FRAeS takes a fresh look at the political genesis of the international Airbus conglomerate and its purely British rival, the BAC Three-Eleven

Ploughshares Into Swords
With the help of contemporary documents and drawings, Alan Griffith explores the unbuilt bomber variants of the huge DC-4E airliner and its smaller brother, the DC-4/C-54

The Corsario Jr Legend
According to myth, the sole Vought V-100 Corsair Junior was intended for Mexico; Dan Hagedorn, however, tracks the biplane to Brazil, where it had an all-too-brief career

Where Falcons Dare
Peter Lewis chronicles the history of the Dassault Mirage IIIRS photo-recce variant in service with the Swiss Air Force’s Fliegerstaffel 10 – the low-level lone wolves

The Longest Hop part 2
Concluding his series on Qantas’s wartime Indian Ocean services, Bob Livingstone details the introduction of Liberators and Lancastrians on the “Longest Hop”

Bring Out the Big Guns
Mark Russell examines the RAF’s extensive research into “heavy firepower” – 37mm cannon and beyond – from the pre-Great War era through to the beginning of WW2

Howard Hughes & the Constellation
The eccentric billionaire flew numerous aircraft types, but forged a special relationship with Lockheed’s Constellation, of which he acquired several, as Peter J. Marson explains

Absolute Beginners
Space Medicine specialist Dr Brett Gooden describes the daunting aeromedical challenges facing Erich Bachem and the pilots of his vertically-launched rocket-powered Natter

South by Southeast
In October 1946 three Auster Autocrats departed Lympne, Kent, on a 6,400-mile formation ferry flight to their new owners in Southern Rhodesia, relates Peter Le Blanc Smith

Everything Must Go
While researching his book on the type in 2015, Matthew Willis acquired a series of photographs showing a Fairey Barracuda being pushed off a cliff. What was the story?

From Furniture to Fighter
Italian aviation historian Gregory Alegi pieces together the all-but-forgotten story of the sole Molteni fighter

What’s French for Fait Accompli . . . ?
Continuing his occasional series on the naming of aircraft in British service, Chris Gibson digs into the archives to reveal how the Anglo-French Puma, Gazelle and Lynx helicopters acquired their (more French than Anglo) names

The Highlands, Channel Islands & Beyond
Captain Dacre Watson recalls a year spent flying Vickers Viscounts on BEA routes across the UK, as well as to exotic locations in Europe and the Mediterranean



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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