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Ilyushin Il-2: the aircraft that outnumbered the Spitfire and Hurricane

Joseph Stalin called it the aircraft “as essential to the Red Army as air and bread” and a formation of them once took out 70 tanks in 20 minutes. So why does it feel like the world has forgotten the Ilyushin Il-2?

How a female Soviet pilot changed the history of women in aviation

From beneath the blanket of darkness, an all-female regiment would glide through the night and strike fear into the hearts of the Germans. This is the story of the ‘Night Witches’

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The ‘One Man Air Force’ who took on 30 Nazis… and won

How a P-51 Mustang pilot single-handedly saved a formation of B-17s – and got a Medal of Honour in the process

The German pilot who refused to shoot down a B-17

Franz Stigler could easily have killed Lt. Charlie Brown. Instead, a moment of compassion amidst the horrors of World War 2 spawned an incredible friendship – 44 years after the end of the conflict.

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The DHC Chipmunk 22

After 70 years, de Havilland’s trusty training aircraft is still going strong. We went to The Shuttleworth Collection to watch them take theirs out

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The Lava-Proof Box Aviation Couldn’t Do Without

Designed to withstand temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Celsius and the weight of a rhino, black boxes have assisted air crash investigators for the last 50 years. But, as Thomas Haynes discovers, their future could be even more impressive…

D-Day: Aerial Armada

Graham Pitchfork describes the massive airborne assault that paved the way for D-Day

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Red Tails over Alabama

While Vermont became the first Air National Guard wing to receive the F-35, Dannelly Field near Montgomery in Alabama is gearing up to be the second. The 187th Fighter Wing will receive Lightning IIs in 2024 as it adds another chapter to the proud history of the ‘Red Tail Heritage’ of the ‘Tuskegee Airmen’.

Celebrating Victory

In both 1945 and 1946 were held a number of aerial events with remembrance of the recently ended Second World War as their aim. We look back at how Allied success in the air was commemorated