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Living with the legendary 450hp radial-engined biplane cruiser, which delivers great performance but demands to be flown hands-on. Words: Paul McConnel | Photos Peter R March

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Duxford-based Classic Wings has a new Harvard on its fleet – we sample the flying experience on offer to pilots and enthusiasts. Words Colin Goodwin | Photos Philip Whiteman

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Ripping through an English autumn sky at 125 knots while burning just 22 litres of fuel per hour, or reefing around in a very tight turn the same question keeps bugging us – why aren’t there more of these in the UK? | Words: Dave Unwin | Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Letov LF-107 Lunak

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Making its first flight shortly after WWII, the lively LF-107 aerobatic glider showed great promise until production was curtailed by Cold War machinations and politics. Words Dave Unwin | Photos Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Christen Eagle II

Friday, May 18, 2018

Forty years ago a revolutionary kit-build aerobatic biplane took to the Californian skies on rainbow-coloured wings — the Christen Eagle had landed. Words Lauren Richardson Photos by Lee Howard

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A huge, military-influenced four-seater with comfort, fine handling and what has to be the world’s fastest-extending undercarriage. Words Dave Unwin, photos Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Piper Meridian

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The dream of touring in a turboprop of one’s own is not so far-fetched as it may seem. Words Colin Goodwin and photos Philip Whiteman

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Flight test: Cessna 170

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Cessna’s first four-seater model — a taildragger, of course — is now seventy years old. We see how the 172’s grandaddy is bearing up. Words Peter Turner, photos Peter March

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Flight test: Eurofly Minifox

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Eurofly Minifox is an inexpensive single-seat aircraft that puts the pleasure back into flying — What’s not to like? Words Dave Unwin, photos Keith Wilson

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It might look like a PA-28 but is still offers all the fine handling and performance that you would expect from such a distinguished Italian manufacturer. Words Dave Unwin, photos Keith Wilson

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Flight Test: Cirrus SR-22 GTS G6

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Generation 6: Your generation? Onwards and upwards! How does the new SR-22 ‘Generation 6’ compare to the very recent G5? Words Keith Wilson, Photos Keith Wilson & Cirrus Aircraft

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Flight test: Spacek SD-1 Minisport

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Whether you build it or buy it ready to fly, this Czech designed SSDR will put a big grin on your face. Words Dave Unwin, photos Keith Wilson

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The infinitely versatile ‘flying Land Rover’ handles more like a light single than a feeder-liner and freight-hauler. Words by Dave Unwin and photos from Jamie Hunter via Britten-Norman

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Flight test: the versatile Taylor Titch

Thursday, November 16, 2017

To go with our feature on the Taylor Titch’s creation 50 years ago, Trevor Jarvis describes what it’s like to fly

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Flight test: Cessna TTx

Friday, October 20, 2017

Descended from Lancair’s Columbia, and previously known as the Cessna 400, there’s no confusion about the handling and range capabilities of this speedy machine. Words Dave Unwin, Photos Cessna

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Motoring journalist, RV builder and pilot Colin Goodwin relishes the chance to fly the Folland Gnat, former RAF trainer and first Red Arrows’ mount.

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Flight test: Slingsby T61 Venture T2

Friday, September 8, 2017

Familiar to ATC members, the Venture certainly teaches basic training and airmanship skills but is stuck somewhere between glider and aeroplane. Words Dave Unwin Photos Keith Wilson

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Just three owners in eighty years have all cherished this Swallow, which Pilot already called a ‘great antique’ back in 1973

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An appreciation of ‘the world’s most popular entry-level light jet’ which, after twelve years of production gives way only to another Cessna light jet, the M2

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The sole Bulldog 200 lives on as an example of how a four-seat tourer should handle, if not how it should be built and marketed

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