Flight Tests

The Yale was originally meant to train scores of French pilots - but ended up in German hands. Flying the only airworthy example in Europe | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Cockpit report: ARCo Lysander

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Making the first flights in an immaculately restored historic aircraft, notorious for its handling peculiarities | Words: Elliot Marsh - Photos: George Romain

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Flight test: Sukhoi Su-29

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Coming from a line of aerobatic aircraft designed to challenge the West, this aggressive looking Russian is more ballet dancer than bear | Words: Bob Davy - Photos: Keith Wilson

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A memorable experience of flying a highly original Grumman Goose − tricky to taxi and somewhat laborious on the water but a benign and fun-to-fly machine in the air | Words & Photos: Nick Lee

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Adapted as an agplane, now enjoying a second life as a glider tug, the only airworthy Mk 23 is a fine flying machine | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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This EASA-approved Slovenian Light Sport Aircraft comes well equipped, handles nicely, is speedy and will carry a decent load over a long distance with great efficiency | Words Dave Unwin - Photos Keith Wilson

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Whether training budding pilots, ferrying airmen to where they’re required or engaging Axis fighters, these warbirds all played a vital role in bringing about ultimate victory in World War Two

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A big ol’ beast with a bit of a reputation, does the Harvard still make sense as a trainer for would-be warbird pilots in 2020? Words: Bob Davey - Photos: Keith Wilson

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First look: Spacek SD-2

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The best of both worlds: neatly designed, and constructed using a blend of traditional and modern techniques, Spacek’s top performing two-seater is most definitely not ‘just another’ Rotax-powered European ultralight | Words and photos: Marino Boric

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Flight test: SAAB 91D Safir

Thursday, March 19, 2020

This jewel of an aircraft effortlessly fulfils its triple design role of trainer, tourer and aerobatic machine – and its easy handling will enchant any pilot | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: ACA 7EC Champ

Thursday, March 12, 2020

It could have been a contender: while ACA’s much improved 7EC was the best Champ of all – and popular with owners – it only saw limited production | Words: Bob Davy - Photos:Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Extra 330LX

Monday, March 9, 2020

Ultimate Extra... well not quite – we have yet to test the all carbon composite NG – but the LX represents Extra’s original steel-tube 300 series in its most highly developed form | Words: Bob Davy - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Sud Est Alouette II

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Predictable and vice-free − although very thirsty − the dependable Alouette’s handling would suit a low-time pilot | Words: Pat Malone - Photos: Keith Wilson

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By the end of the 1920s most of Britain’s light aeroplanes were de Havilland Moths of one kind or another. Today BAE Systems’ Heritage Flight operates the oldest DH60 Cirrus Moth still flying | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Darren Harbar

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Flight test: Aeronca 11AC Chief

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Possessing many benign qualities, the Aeronca Chief earns our respect | Words Dave Unwin - Photos Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Refurbished Cessna F172N

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

With more power and a glass panel, this refurbished and uprated 1970s Cessna offers almost all the advantages of a new aeroplane at a very attractive price | Words & photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: SZD-45A Ogar

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Noisy and ungainly on the ground, the elderly Ogar’s element is the sky where it performs gracefully | Words Dave Unwin - Photos Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Pipistrel Alpha BCAR-S

Monday, November 4, 2019

This slippery Slovenian ultralight trainer/tourer, now built to British airworthiness standards, soon dispels anyone’s preconceptions of a microlight | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Sherwood Kub

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

This sporty single-seater microlight is available as a factory-built or in kit form, as a trike or taildragger. It comes with folding wings − and ‘attitude’ | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: F4U-5NL Corsair

Monday, September 30, 2019

Corsair dream… come true: the wickedly powerful naval night fighter that now belongs to the man who admired it as a boy | Words Maxi Gainza - Photos Matthias Dorst

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