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 39 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:


'VASP close encounter or celestial illusion?' (double-page spread)

'Tucano vs Pilatus PC9 - Replacing the Jet Provost in RAF service' (double-page spread)

'American Domination? - Building the consolidated B-32 in the UK: A speculation' (double-page spread)

'Sweden's Secret Airbases - Flygvapnet’s cold war military airfield programme, 1945–90' (double-page spread)

'Baltic Triangles - Commercial aviation in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania' (double-page spread)

Taking the War to the Enemy

Michael Napier relates how RAF Bomber Command underwent a remarkable expansion in 1941, enabling Britain’s bomber force to return to its primary objective

Lightning Bugs & Buffalo Hunters

Strategic Air Command's use of unmanned Ryan recce and "SAM-sniffer" drones during the Vietnam conflict was both effective and economical, explains Bill Cahill

Ceres: The Goddess from Fishermans Bend

Australian aviation historian Derek Buckmaster chronicles the genesis and development of the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation's rugged Ceres agricultural aircraft

VASP Flight 169

In the early hours of February 8, 1982, the flightcrew of a Boeing 727 of Brazilian airline VASP reported a curious light apparently tracking the jetliner. Sergio Gonçalves investigates

Shorts Tucano vs Pilatus PC-9

By the early 1980s the RAF's Jet Provost trainer was past its "sell-by" date and the hunt for a replacement was on. James Jackson traces the resulting procurement process

American Domination?

Alan Griffith follows Clive Richards' article in TAH38, on the unrealised wartime plan to build Bristol Centaurus-engined B-29s in the UK, with the concurrent plan to do the same with the Consolidated B-32 Dominator

Air Sud Kasai

Leif Hellström charts the brief, somewhat chaotic life of a shoestring African airline that never officially existed

Wings over Peru: the Fairey Seal

Continuing his occasional series on the development of aviation in Peru, Amaru Tincopa turns his attention to the six Fairey Seals acquired by the Peruvian air arm in 1933

A Life in Politics?

Professor Keith Hayward FRAeS opens a three-part series on the political aspects of one of the UK's most important industrial endeavours of the immediate post-war period — the supremely elegant but troubled de Havilland Comet

Sweden's Secret Airbases

Often hidden among pine trees with sections of road for runways, Sweden's "war airbase" system was finessed throughout the Cold War, as Lennart Andersson reveals

Baltic Triangles

Following their independence in the wake of the First World War, Estonia, Lavia and Lithuania set about establishing commercial air services. Günter Endres details the inter-war civil aviation activities of the Baltic nations

Supermarine by Submarine

Ralph Pegram takes a look at Supermarine's "slip-wing " concept, initially devised by Noel Pemberton Billing in 1913

Tilting at Windmills

Matthew Willis profiles Hiram Cannon Otwell, the forgotten pioneer of the tiltrotor system still in use today





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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