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Guppies

A Fisherman’s Tale

The last Aero Spacelines Super Guppy SGT, originally built for Airbus, is now the sole flying example of this remarkable breed. Flown by NASA. Seen here at the Wings over Houston air show in 2011 it is still in service today.  Photo Keith Bradshaw Back in the early 1960s John Conroy set up a company called Aero Spacelines to exploit a gap in the aviation market for an outsize transport plane. His target customer was NASA, who at that time were shipping rocket parts around... more >
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Alcock & Brown

All-in-a-lifetime

100 years on the 15th June 1919 the Vickers Vimy of Alcock and Brown 'landed' in Ireland to complete the first non stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  Landing is a loose term but as the old saying goes, 'if you can walk away from it, then it is a landing.'  Since the intrepid days of Alcock and Brown, who it must be remembered had no guarantee of even surviving let alone completing the journey, progress has been rapid. Within 30 years the crossing was... more >
 
testing

A history of engine testbeds

With the recent Rolls- Royce announcement that they are acquiring an ex Qantas Boeing 747 for use as a flying engine testbed, Keith Bradshaw takes a look back at some of the other aircraft used for engine testing in the past. Although... more >

First of the Many

First of the Many

  On 13th June 1965 the prototype Britten Norman BN2 Islander G-ATCT took off from the grass airstrip at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. 54 years later the aircraft is still being produced, albeit now on the mainland at Lee on... more >

 
2019 review

DAS in 2019

With another year drawing to a close let us take the traditional look back at what’s been happening here at Duxford over the past 12 months. 2019 saw a large number of anniversaries affecting our collection and aviation in general.... more >

Breitling team

Brietling Formation

Breitling team in formation A great display. Fantastic picture! Photo Charles Butler  more >

 
Dan Air

DAS and Dan Air

DAS & DAN Keith Bradshaw takes a look back at the much missed independent airline DAN-AIR and its contribution to the British Airliner Collection. One of the major contributors to the world famous British Airliner Collection... more >

Boarding

Trident and VC10

A great day out! It’s always busy and DAS volunteers work hard but showing the public the result of all that work is very rewarding. Photo Charles Butler    more >

 
 
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