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 24 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:

Stratojets in Blighty (double-page spread)

Brute Force & Innovation (double-page spread)

Bamboo Birds & Other Rare Species (double-page spread)

The Viscount Comes to America Pt 1 (double-page spread)

Perfect 10 (double-page spread)

Imperial Airways: a Cause for Concern?
Using previously unseen documents from the Royal Aero Club Trust archives, Ralph Pegram argues that the 1930s were not such a “golden age” for Imperial Airways; he also reveals some unusual designs built to the troubled airline’s specifications, but which remained on the drawing board

Stratojets in Blighty
In 1953 the UK had its first encounters with the Boeing B-47; Robert Hopkins III and C. Mike Habermehl detail the USAF’s first three Stratojet deployments to Britain

The World’s First Aeronautical Exhibition
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first aero- nautical exhibition to be held anywhere in the world, at the Crystal Palace in South London, as Philip Jarrett relates

The Rome–Tokyo Express
In the first article in a new three-part chronological series on the wartime use of air transport by the Axis forces – or lack thereof – Ray Flude and Gregory Alegi take a look at the Italians’ attempt to link Rome and Tokyo in 1942

Vikings in Africa
The John Stroud Archive returns with a trip from the UK down to East Africa and back in a Vickers Viking, with Nick Stroud (no relation!) as your guide

Brute Force & Innovation
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Blackburn Buccaneer, Gp Capt Tom Eeles, who flew both variants for the Fleet Air Arm and RAF, puts us in the cockpit of the brawny “banana jet”

Marked by Misfortune
South American aviation specialist Amaru Tincopa profiles the career of the little-loved Breda Ba.65 ground-attack monoplane in service with the Fuerza Aérea de Chile

Bamboo Birds & Other Rare Species
Indigenous aircraft design in the Philippines has met with limited success, but several light aircraft were developed there during the 1950s and 1960s, as Nick Stroud explains

The Viscount Comes to America Pt 1
Airline historian David H. Stringer opens his series on the three American airlines which bought the Vickers Viscount direct from the manufacturer with the first – and arguably the most controversial: Capital Airlines

Shcherbakov’s Forgotten Workhorse
One of the most useful transports in the Soviet Air Force’s wartime inventory – and probably the least-known – is the Shcherbakov Shche-2, as Nikolay Yakubovich relates

Perfect 10
Continuing his series on the often thorny issue of naming aircraft in RAF service, Chris Gibson examines the official files to find out why the VC10 became the . . . VC10

Sweden’s Ghost Rockets
In the summer of 1946 Sweden became the focus of a series of “ghost rocket” attacks. Were they Russian test weapons? UFOs? Lennart Andersson investigates . . .


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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