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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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- Return to a Liberated Country
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- Rehabilitation and Commemoration of Former RAF Airmen
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- The death of a service
- A final act of progress
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- 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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- The Hardest Day
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- Alex Henshaw: Flying Legend, A Life in Art
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- …And all this – because of you
- 5 men in a dinghy
- I thought YOU had the dinghy pack!
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- 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
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- Keep your transparent panels clean (turrets)
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- The Art of Sergeant Elva Blacker
World Aviation in 1959
The Soviet Union launches a scientific probe named Luna I, intended to impact on the Moon’s surface but it misses and enters a solar orbit.
Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens die when a single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza crashes near Mason City airport.
A United States weather balloon climbs to a record height of 44,500 metres (146,000 feet)
The United States Air Force (USAF) withdraws its last operational Convair B36 bomber from service.
The United States Navy (USN) launches the weather-reporting Vanguard II satellite into Earth orbit.
United States Pioneer 4 space probe is launched in an attempt to obtain pictures of the Moon’s surface, while making a fly-past of about 32,200 kilometres (20,000 miles).
It is announced in the United States that seven pilots have been selected from the nation’s armed services for training as space vehicle pilots.
The United States Hound Dog thermonuclear stand-off missile makes a successful first flight after launching from a Boeing B52D Stratofortress bomber.
Cathay Pacific begins service with its first Lockheed Electra.
Two monkeys, Able and Baker are recovered unharmed after a 483 kilometre (300 mile) flight in a compartment in the nose cone of a Jupiter rocket.
American satellite Discovery 3 is launched carrying four mice.
A new lightplane distance record of 12,365 kilometres (7,683 miles) is set by Max Conrad in his Piper Comanche, with a non-stop flight from Casablanca to New York.
A submarine armed with Polaris ballistic missiles, the USS George Washington, is launched at Groton in Connecticut.
A new world altitude record of 28,852 metres (94,659 feet) is set by Major V. Ilyushin flying the Sukhoi T431.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Explorer 6 is launched into Earth orbit and returns the first television pictures of the Earth as seen from space.
French flyer Jacqueline Auriol piloting a Mirage III becomes the first woman to attain the speed of Mach 2.
An unmanned United States scientific balloon records an altitude of 45,720 kilometres (150,000 feet).
NASA’s test version of the mercury astronaut capsule is recovered successfully from the Caribbean Sea.
The Soviet Union’s Luna 2 space probe is launched. and becomes the first man-made object to impact on the Moon.
The Douglas DC8 Srs10 enters United States domestic service.
The Soviet Luna 3 space probe launched and becomes the first to photograph the Moon’s hidden surface.
The Spanish airline Spantax Air Taxis is formed.
Pan American Boeing 707-321 Clipper Windward inaugurates the first round the world passenger service by turbojet-powered airliners.
Flying a Mikoyan Type Ye66 Colonel G. Mosolov establishes a new world speed record of 2,681kph (1,665mph).
Captain Joseph W. Kittinger Jr makes a balloon ascent, gaining an altitude of 23,285 metres (76,400 feet) in an open gondola. He parachutes to the ground, recording a free-fall of 19,505 metres (64,000 feet)
A twelve nation treaty establishes Antarctica as an area of the world only accessible for peaceful purposes.
The Mercury capsule escape system is tested by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), launched with a Rhesus monkey aboard which is recovered alive and unharmed.
A new world altitude record of 30,040 metres (98,556 feet) is established by Commander L. Flint flying a McDonnell F-4 Phantom II.
A Kaman H43B rescue helicopter sets a new helicopter altitude record of 9,097 metres (29,846 feet).
The world altitude record is broken again by a Lockheed F104C Starfighter, flown by Captain J.B. Jordan to a height of 31,513 metres (103,389 feet).
A new world speed record of 2,455kph (1,525mph) is set by Major J.W. Rogers, flying a Convair F106A Delta Dart.
China Airlines is established.