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The world's first independent air force, the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary in 2018. In the 100 years since the end of World War I, the service has been involved in almost continuous operations around the globe, giving the RAF the longest and most wide-ranging history of any air force in the world. But over the years this history has also become entangled with myths.Learn More
Propliners of the World Part 2 by Gerry Manning
Part 2 Includes water bombers, cargo and South American operations.
Includes the water bombing Convair CV 580 and Lockheed P-2 Neptune through the cargo hauling Curtiss C-46, Douglas DC-4 and Russian-built Antonov AN-12 to South America’s enduring pleasure flight DC-3s and Antonov AN-32s.
As early as 1943 it became apparent that supersonic flight might be an achievable goal – but not for the propeller-driven aircraft of the day. Spurred on by secret intelligence of a German supersonic long-range bomber project, work began on a British secret research aircraft that would potentially be the first manned aircraft to break through the ‘sound barrier’.Learn More