The Aviation Historian: Issue 34

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Covering military and civil aviation from before the Wright Brothers to the dawn of spaceflight, The Aviation Historian is a quarterly journal is designed to take its place alongside the most treasured books on your shelves.
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Renowned for its in-depth articles from 250 specialist authors worldwide, The Aviation Historian is a quarterly journal that is valued and respected for its superb high-quality archive photography and specially-commissioned drawings, profiles and information graphics.  Conceived and produced by a four-person team who between them have clocked up 84 years’ experience on aviation-history magazines, the journal combines traditional attention-to-detail with a modern tone.

Covering military and civil aviation from before the Wright Brothers to the dawn of spaceflight, this compact-format square-spined quarterly journal is designed to take its place alongside the most treasured books on your shelves.  Making new discoveries in your favorite field of interest is always exciting, whether you’re a history aficionado, a modeler on the hunt for new projects, or both.

The Aviation Historian provides great reading and first-class reference material to feed your passion. It truly is “aviation history for connoisseurs."

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Table of Contents

EDITOR’S LETTER

AIR CORRESPONDENCE

COLLAPSE OF AN ICON

50 years ago Rolls-Royce declared bankruptcy; as one of Britain’s “jewels in the crown”, it was a profound trauma for the newly elected Conservative government. Professor Keith Hayward FRAeS examines the political background

ROVER DAVID Pt 1
Vic Flintham opens a two-part series on the genesis and development of the RAF’s close air-support role in North Africa and the Mediterranean during the Second World War, culminating in the Rover David “cab rank” system

CES HOMMES MAGNIFIQUES: D’ECQUEVILLY

Jean-Christophe Carbonel’s series on France’s “magnificent men” continues with submarine designer Raymond D’Ecquevilly’s (mercifully) brief flirtation with aviation

DECIDEDLY COSMOPOLITAN
When the United Nations despatched a peacekeeping force to the new Republic of the Congo in 1960, one of the most crucial units was the truly international C-47 Squadron; Leif Hellström chronicles its four-year career

THE SHORT TRAGIC LIFE OF THE AIRSHIP ROMA
Italian aviation historian Luigino Caliaro traces the all-too-brief life of the ill-fated semi-rigid dirigible Roma, which came to grief after arriving in the USA in early 1922

CZECHOSLOVAKIA’S CAREFULLY SERVING AIRLINE
Maurice Wickstead charts the evolution of one of Europe’s oldest and most resilient state airlines, Czechoslovakia’s ČSA, established in 1923 and still going — just — despite numerous operational and political setbacks along the way

THE PALE BLUE LINE

The Korean conflict is often thought of as a purely American affair — but, along with the valiant efforts of the Australians, some 77 RAF pilots also participated in combat over Korea, as Michael Napier explains

PERSIA’S ELEPHANTS

Babak Taghvaee reveals how Iran’s fleet of Boeing 747 transports and tankers, acquired in the mid-1970s, were used on some extraordinary low-level missions

BOAC & THE BRABAZON COMMITTEE
Following on from Professor Keith Hayward’s look at the politics of the Brabazon Committee in TAH33, Ralph Pegram explores how BOAC’s perspective differed

ON THE WINGS OF THE HANSA Pt 2

Using interviews and first-hand accounts, Albert Grandolini continues his three-part series on the flying career of Cambodian military pilot Major Su Sampong

SPECIAL DELIVERY
Nick Stroud provides some background for a set of photos showing a Pan Am DC-6 delivery in Brussels

ARMCHAIR AVIATION

LOST & FOUND

EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE ONE . . .

Chris Gibson takes another deep dive into the archives to uncover a supremely optimistic 1957 Royal Aircraft Establishment concept for a hypersonic ramjet tip-rotorpowered VTOL personal transport. Covered in fur.

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