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Flight Tests

Sharing Goodwood (formerly RAF Westhampnett) with another aircraft famed for its elegant shape and sonorous engine note, Bob, Tim and Emma go out to play | Words Bob Grimstead and Tim Cooper – Photos: Tim Cooper

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Flight test: Percival Provost T1

Monday, September 24, 2018

That’s the Provost, the fine-handling 1950s RAF trainer cleverly configured to lead into fast jets | Words: Peter Turner - Photos: Peter March

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Flight test: Robin DR400-180

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tourer and tug − just two of the many uses to which the remarkable and long-lived DR400 design has been put | Words: Dave Unwin – Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Funk B-85

Monday, September 3, 2018

It may not be funky but this almost completely original small aircraft is agile and offers a glimpse into the past | Words: Bob Davy - Photos: Keith Wilson

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First Look: PAL-V Liberty flying car

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Well-funded Dutch company PAL-V has come up with a new concept for a carefully targeted kind of customer – the car that converts into an autogyro | Words: Colin Goodwin - Photos: Philip Whiteman

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Flight test: Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Friday, August 10, 2018

The long-awaited 505 does what it says on the tin – more simply, quicker and better than the much-loved JetRanger. What’s not to like? | Words Pat Malone - Photos Philip Whiteman

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Flight test: Blackburn B2

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Operated from Old Warden, BAE Systems Heritage Flight’s B2 is the only remaining example of Blackburn’s unusual side-by-side trainer, the launch pad for many an RAF pilot’s flying career | Words: Dave Unwin – Photos: Darren Harbar

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Once a commercial workhorse, the DH83 may look like a ‘fat Tiger Moth’ but the many differences include brakes, more speed, folding wings and a passenger cabin

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Still sprightly at fifty-years-old, the Twin Comanche can give younger pretenders a run for their money | Words Bob Davy | Photos Keith Wilson

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Owner report: FK14 B2 Le Mans

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Funk’s flying 550 - the little green speedster in the sky. By Bernard Chabbert

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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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