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- Never Forgotten: The RAF in the Far East
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- Escape to Poland
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- Departure Abroad – via the USSR and France
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- Leaving for exile – the so-called southern route and the Middle East
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- 68 Night Fighter Squadron
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- 312 (Czechoslovak) Squadron
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- Czechoslovak Women in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF)
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- Lidice tragedy
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- Osudy- Life stories
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- Return to a Liberated Country
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- Rehabilitation and Commemoration of Former RAF Airmen
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- Living History Group
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- On the verge of war
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- A lack of work
- Birth of the ATA
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- The first eight women
- ATA expansion
- Legion of the air
- Annette Mahon
- The Battle of France
- The Battle of Britain
- Women fly fighter aircraft
- Anything to anywhere
- The taxi service
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- Alison King
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- Women fly bombers
- Joan Hughes
- Return to France
- The reach of the ATA
- The death of a service
- A final act of progress
- ATA closure
- Sir Alan Cobham ; A Life of a Pioneering Aviator
- An Enduring Relationship : A History of Friendship between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman
- 617 Squadron and the Dams Raid
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- Barnes Wallis’ Papers
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- Letter from Air Commodore S.O. Bufton
- Herr Clemens Mols’ Memoir
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- Introduction to the Phases of the Battle of Britain
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- The Hardest Day
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- All the same buttons
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- Alex Henshaw: Flying Legend, A Life in Art
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- Kings, Queens & Flying Machines
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- The Hendon Pageants
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- No flying solo for Prince Albert
- de Havilland Moth
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- The formation of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force
- HM Queen Elizabeth with Princess Elizabeth
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- The Armed King’s flight
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- Worth a Thousand Words – Air Diagrams
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- Layout of kit and method of wearing equipment
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- Beware of the Hun in the sun
- Pilot’s controls – Stirling I
- Emergency Equipment & Exits – Lancaster I
- …And all this – because of you
- 5 men in a dinghy
- I thought YOU had the dinghy pack!
- Watch that prop…what prop?
- Dammit, chaps – who remembered to bring this thing anyway?
- Seconds Count
- Keep your aircraft to the tarmac
- Prevention of tyre and brake accident
- Danger – watch for tyre creep
- Lancaster I II III standard & Y types dinghy drill
- Jungle survival: Edible tropical plants
- DP/R and D.P.L. functioning (single arming)
- Keep your transparent panels clean (turrets)
- Train how to fit into the post war picture
- BABS Mk1C Still Air
- Not Quite Extinct!
- Battle of Britain Class Locomotive Plates
- Comet – The World’s First Jet Airliner
- The Art of Sergeant Elva Blacker
World Aviation in 1953
The German airline Luftag is formed.
The United States Navy (USN) begins operational flight tests from the first angled-deck aircraft carrier, the USS Antietam.
Eight Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 jets are shot down during air fighting over North Korea.
Four Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 jet fighters are shot down during air fighting over North Korea.
Wonsan in North Korea is bombed by American carrier-borne aircraft.
Two Republic F84 Thunderjets flown by Japanese Defence Force pilots intercept two Russian piston-engined fighters over north Japan.
United States aircraft make heavy attacks on Communist forces in North Korea.
A Polish Air Force pilot lands a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 jet and seeks political asylum on the Danish island of Bornholm.
Two Czechoslovakian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 jets attack two United States Air Force (USAF) Republic F84 Thunderjets near Bavaria.
Six Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 jet fighters are shot down during air fighting over North Korea.
A Dakota of the Czechoslovakian State airline, on a flight from Prague to Brno, is seized and landed in the United States zone of Germany. The people responsible and two others seek political asylum.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force is established as an independent service.
A civil aviation agreement is signed between Denmark and South Africa.
A Polish pilot who landed on Bornholm Island leaves Britain for the United States.
India’s air transport companies are nationalised, with the formation of Air India International Ltd for long distance flights and Indian Air Lines for internal routes and services to nearby countries.
Central British Columbia Airways adopts the name Pacific Western airlines.
American airwoman Jacqueline Cochran becomes the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, piloting a Canadian built version of the North American F86E Sabre at a speed of Mach 1.01 (652mph).
Another Polish pilot lands a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 jet on Bornholm Island.
Twelve Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG15 jet fighters are shot down over North Korea.
Communist aircraft bomb Seoul.
A Chinese offensive in Korea.
Communist aircraft bomb Kimpo and Inchon near Seoul.
The world’s first air disaster involving more than 100 deaths occurs when a United States Air Force C124 Globemaster II crashes after take-off in Japan.
Civil air traffic control in West Germany is handed over to the Federal German Government.
A Sikorsky S55 makes the first international helicopter flight into central London.
Lieutenant Colonel W.F. Barnes of the United States Air Force (USAF), flying a North American F86D Sabre, sets the world’s first speed record over 700mph. The record of 1,151kph (715mph) is ratified by the FI.
The Korean war ends.
Flight Lieutenant Bentleigh of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) breaks the sound barrier for the first time over Australia, flying the first Australian built Sabre fighter.
The Martin licence-built B57 Canberra completes its final tests before entering service with the United States Air Force (USAF).
Following successful tests, the United States Air Force (USAF) announces that the Convair B36 bomber in a GRB-36F configuration is able to launch and retrieve Republic GRF-84F Thunderflash reconnaissance aircraft from an under-fuselage trapeze. Twelve of these bombers are converted, enabling them to launch and control missiles in support of development programmes.
An altitude of 83,235 feet is achieved by Lieutenant Colonel Marion E. Carl of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), flying a Douglas D558-2 Skyrocket research aircraft and launching from a Boeing B29 Superfortress at 34,000 feet.
Belgian airline Sabena inaugurates the first scheduled international helicopter services from Brussels linking with Maastrcht, Rotterdam and Lille.
A world record speed of 690mph over a 100 kilometre closed course is set by Brigadier General J. Stanley Holtoner of the United States Air Force (USAF), flying a North American F86D Sabre fighter at Ohio.
The National Aircraft Exhibition is held at Dayton in Ohio.
The United States Air Force (USAF) announces that the Sidewinder air-to-air missile (AAM) has made its first completely successful interception, destroying a Grumman F6F Hellcat drone.
Three defence agreements are signed by the United States and Spain.
A defence treaty is signed by the United States and South Korea.
Lieutenant Commander J.B. Vardin sets a new world speed record, flying a Douglas F4D1 Skyray, averaging 1,211kph (752mph) in four runs over a 3 kilometre course.
A de Havilland Comet IA of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) flies non-stop from Goose Bay in Labrador to London covering the 2,460 miles in 5 hours 56 minutes.
The United States signs an agreement in Athens allowing their armed forces to use Greek air and naval bases.
A world speed record of 728mph over a 100 kilometre closed course is set by Robert O. Rahn flying a Douglas XF4D Skyray.
A world record of 754mph over a 15 kilometre course is set by Lieutenant Colonel F.K. Everest flying a North American F100 Super Sabre fighter.
A speed of 1,327mph is achieved by Scott Crossfield in a Douglas D558-2 Skyrocket aircraft, dropped from a Boeing B29 Superfortress at 32,000 feet.
The Douglas DC7 enters scheduled airline service with American Airlines.
Captain Charles Yeager flies the air-launched Bell X1A rocket-powered high-speed research aircraft at Mach 2.44 or 2,655kph (1,650mph) at an altitude of 21,340 metres (70,000 feet).