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- Falklands 40
- 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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- 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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- Osudy- Life stories 2
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- Return to a Liberated Country
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- Victims of the communist regime
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- Rehabilitation and Commemoration of Former RAF Airmen
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- Living History Group
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- Air Transport Auxiliary
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- On the verge of war
- Sir Gerard d’Erlanger
- A lack of work
- Birth of the ATA
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- Pauline Gower
- 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
- John Gulson
- Alison King
- The support network
- 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
- Model Dams Projects
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- Flight Lieutenant H.B. ‘Mick’ Martin’s Log Book
- Sergeant Charles Brennan’s Papers
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- Reconnaissance Photos of the Damaged Dams
- Letter from Air Commodore S.O. Bufton
- Herr Clemens Mols’ Memoir
- Casualties of the Dams Raid
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- Signed Menu from A.V. Roe Celebratory Dinner
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- Taking Flight
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- How RADAR Works
- Introduction to the Phases of the Battle of Britain
- The Battle of Britain Phase One
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- The Battle of Britain Phase Four
- The Battle of Britain Phase Five
- The Hardest Day
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- Douglas Bader: Fighter, Pilot
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- Alex Henshaw: Flying Legend, A Life in Art
- Freedom & Liberty
- Wonderful Amy!
- De Havilland – The Man and the Company
- Kings, Queens & Flying Machines
- Photographs of ‘Kings, Queens & Flying Machines’
- The Hendon Pageants
- Prince Albert
- No flying solo for Prince Albert
- de Havilland Moth
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- Three Kings
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- The King’s Flight
- King George V prepares for a review
- King George VI visiting Battle squadrons
- The formation of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force
- HM Queen Elizabeth with Princess Elizabeth
- King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited Bentley Priory
- The Armed King’s flight
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- HM King George VI with family
- The first post-war King’s flight
- The Vickers Viking
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- Westland Whirlwind HCC12
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- RAF Comet
- Prince Charles in Chipmunk
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- Worth a Thousand Words – Air Diagrams
- Me 210
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- Ju 88
- Layout of kit and method of wearing equipment
- Aids to homing
- Layout of WAAF kit
- Fog dispersal
- Emergency landing service
- Ju 188
- He 177
- 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 1955
Civil airlines in Pakistan is nationalised and the Pakistan International Airlines Corporation is established.
Woomera rocket range, research establishments and laboratories are amalgamated under the title ‘Weapon Research Establishment’.
An agreement is reached between France, USA and South Vietnam to reorganise the military forces of South Vietnam.
The state of war between the Soviet Union and Germany is terminated.
The official termination of war between Czechoslovakia and Germany is announced.
George F. Smith becomes the first man in the world to live after an ejection from a North American F100 Super Sabre travelling at supersonic speed (Mach 1.05) after his controls jammed.
A second United States Air Force (USAF) Early Warning and Control Wing becomes operational, flying Lockheed RC121s.
The Boeing Airplane Company receives its first major production contract for the KC135 Strato-tanker.
Pakistan International Airlines absorbs the fleet and routes of Orient Airways.
The United States Air Force (USAF) announces that aircraft stationed in the Arctic and approaches to the North American Continent will shortly be armed with Falcon air-to-air guided missiles.
Two Saab 29C photographic reconnaissance jet aircraft of the Royal Swedish Air Force, flying in formation, set a new record of 560mph over a closed course of 621 miles. They claim it to be the first speed record made in formation.
The first domestic service from Hamburg is flown by Lufthansa, the re-established German airline.
The Vickers Viscount is introduced onto Trans-Canada’s Toronoto-New York route.
An Indian Constellation airliner is brought down by a bomb on board with the loss of fifteen lives.
A Convair CV340, flown by Lufthansa on its Hamburg to London flight, becomes the first German operated civil airliner to land in the United Kingdom after the war.
McDonnell XV1 experimental convertiplane makes its first transition from vertical to horizontal flight.
Lufthansa begins its European international operations.
Jacqueline Auriol flies the Dassault Mystere IVN to a speed of 715mph to obtain the women’s world speed record.
Canadian Pacific Air Lines inaugurates a polar route, flown by Douglas DC06B ‘Empress of Amsterdam’.
French pilot Jean Moine lands a Bell 47G2 helicopter on the summit of Mont Blanc at an altitude of 15,772 feet
The Douglas Aircraft Company announces plans to build a new civil transport, the company’s DC8 will become the first turbojet-powered airliner.
Plans for the production of the Electra, a propeller-turbine airliner, are announced by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.
The 21st Salon International de l’Aéronautique is held at Le Bourget airport near Paris.
United States Navy (USN) aircraft are attacked by Russian planes near the Bering Strait.
The Boeing B52 Stratofortress enters service with the United States Air Force (USAF).
The United States announces its intention to launch a small earth-satellite during the International Geophysical Year from July 1957.
The United States begins its first zero-gravity research experiments using Lockheed T33 trainers to study the effects of weightlessness.
Colonel H.A. Hanes sets a new world speed record of 1,323kph (822mph) flying a North American F100C Super Sabre.
A new cease-fire agreement for the Gaza area is accepted by Egypt and Israel, subject to the countries having the right to defend themselves if attacked.
The United States Department of Defense announces that the Glenn L. Martin Company has been selected to design and build a launch vehicle to place a satellite into Earth orbit.
The United States Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Saratoga is launched.
Lieutenant Gordon Gray of United States Navy (USN) flies a Douglas A4D Skyhawk, setting a new world record of 695mph over a 500 kilometre course.
Boeing Model 367-80 (the prototype the Boeing 707) flies non-stop from Seattle to Washington DC in 3 hours 58 minutes and back in 6 hours 8 minutes, averaging speeds of 957kph (592mph) and 907kph (567mph) respectively.
United Air Lines DC6MB explodes over Colorado killing all 44 passengers. The explosion is caused by a bomb.
The first guided missile cruiser, the USS Boston, is commissioned.
Jordan announces its intention to re-equip its forces with heavy modern weapons and form an efficient air force.
It is announced that the United Kingdom will supply the Jordan Air Force with ten de Havilland Vampire jet planes.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines becomes the first European airline to buy American jet transport planes with its order of eight Douglas DC8s.
It is announced in Moscow that tests of new types of nuclear thermonuclear weapons have recently been made.
A state of emergency is declared in Cyprus.
Vickers Viscount airliners go into regular service in the Caribbean area with British West Indian Airways.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) approves a co-ordinated air defence and radar system for Western Europe.
An agreement is reached between Aeroflot and British European Airways (BEA), covering the mutual operation of air services between the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom.
Air France announces its order for 24 nationally built Caravelles and ten Boeing 707s.
The de Havilland Comet III arrives at London airport after completing a round-the-world flight. Group Captain John Cunningham flies the last 3,350 miles from Montreal to London in 6 hours 8 minutes, averaging 548mph.