The Concorde Story

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The Concorde Story is a vintage documentary about the development of the world’s first supersonic airliner, it was filmed during the early, heady days of the now retired aircraft and it provides a fascinating look into how the Concorde came to be – starting with early designs from WWII. With a running time of just…

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Guy Martin’s Spitfire

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Guy Martin’s Spitfire is a British documentary about the recovery and rebuild of a rare MK1 Spitfire from the French beach where it was crash landed in 1940 by RAF pilot Squadron Leader Geoffrey Stephenson. The Spitfire had slowly been buried under generations of beach sand so the recovery operation took weeks of digging and…

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Spitfire Barn Find

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Barn finds come in all shapes and sizes, but very rarely do they come pre-fitted with a Rolls-Royce Merlin V12. After last week’s popular feature of a barn find Messerschmitt BF 109 (technically a Hispano Aviación HA-1112) we did some further digging and quickly realised that old warbirds have been slowly coming out of the…

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Barn Find: Messerschmitt BF 109

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It isn’t everyday we stumble across a barn find quite as remarkable as this Messerschmitt BF 109, or more accurately, this Hispano Aviación HA-1112. It isn’t commonly known that the Spaniards built licensed copies of the Messerschmitt from 1942 onwards, although they weren’t produced in any significant numbers till after the war due to constraints…

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P-51B Mustang Wallpaper

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The P-51B Mustang was the variant fitted with the British V12 Merlin engine, the aircraft had originally been fitted with the Allison V12 but it wasn’t up to the task and pilots were frequently outperformed by their German rivals. The Merlin gave the Mustang a whole new lease on life, it was now significantly better…

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Avro Lancaster Cutaway Wallpaper

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The Avro Lancaster is a heavy bomber developed by the British during the Second World War and built in very large numbers – 7,377 had taken to the skies by the time the Avro Lincoln replaced it. The overwhelming majority of Lancasters were powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines – arguably one of the best aero-engines…

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Owner’s Manual

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The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Owner’s Manual is one of those books that anyone with even a passing interest in aviation or cold war history should have on their coffee table. The Blackbird was the fastest, highest flying aircraft in the world that could literally outrun surface-to-air missiles that had been launched to intercept it. The…

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Harrier Drop Tank Boardroom Desk

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I can only imagine that Bond villains could potentially have difficultly sourcing suitably cinematic furniture to kit out their volcano lairs, although on retrospect I guess this could also apply to hedge fund managers, political lobbyists and certain petite North Korean dictators. Fortunately for the above mentioned scoundrels a company called Hangar 54 specialises in…

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Sopwith Camel

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The Sopwith Camel is a remarkably important aircraft, it was first flown in 1917 when the pace of advancement in aircraft design was moving at breakneck speed and for time the Camel was the best fighter in the sky. Its odd name was coined from the side profile appearance of the hump that was built…

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