Entries by Cayley

Albatros D.V

Entering service in May 1917, the Alhatros D.V was Germany’s answer to the British S.E.5 and French SPAD fighters, which were dominating the air war on the Western Front. Broadly similar to its forebear, The Albatros D.III, the D.V had an elegantly streamlined monocoque fuselage with a cowled Mercedes water-cooled engine and a large spinner over the propeller boss. It was an […]

Sukhoi Su-27

An old hand at dazzling air show spectators all over the world, the supersonic Sukhoi Su-27 is astonishingly agile for its size. However, this potent long-range air-superiority fighter presented serious problems during tests in its original form as the T10. Seven prototypes and a complete redesign later, it emerged with a brand new wing, undercarriage, and fuselage, as well as a large air […]

Blériot XI

French aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot’s Type XI monoplane won its place in the history books by making the first cross- Channel flight from France to England on 25 July 1909. Taking off from Les Baraques near Calais. Blériot flew for just over half an hour to land near Dover Castle in Kent and claim a £1,000 prize offered by newspaper magnate Lord […]

English Electric Canberra

The RAF retired its last three English Electric Canberras on 28 July 2006 after more than 55 years’ service. No wonder the Canberra is regarded as one of the most successful of all Britain’s military aircraft. Designed by E.W. Petter, the Canberra was the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) first jet bomber. In concept it resembled the famous World War […]

Friedrichshafen G. III

From the beginning of hostilities the German Army was keen to deploy large-sized, long-range aeroplanes as strategic bombers. Flugzeughau Friedrichshafen was one of several German aircraft manufacturers that struggled to supply a suitable Grossflugzeug (large aeroplane). Their first aircraft, the G.I of 1914, failed to go into production. Its successor, the G. II of 1916, entered service in limited numbers, but was […]

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

When it first appeared in 1954, the super-fast, lightweight F-104 Starfighter was dubbed “the missile with a man in it”. Designed by Lockheed’s Kelly Johnson, it was both small and simple – indeed, F-104s were memorably described by journalist Tom Wolfe as “chimneys with little razor-blade wings”. The first combat aircraft capable of sustaining speeds above Mach 2, the Starfighter had an […]

Junkers-Ju 52/3m

The most famous Junkers aeroplane – the Tante Ju, as it became affectionately known – was produced in greater numbers than any other European transport aircraft. Evolved from the single-engine -Ju 52, the trimotor (3m) version was the last of the company’s designs to employ the distinctive corrugated-metal skinning originating from World War I. It was first flown in April 1932 with […]

Douglas DC-3

The most famous piston-engined airliner of all time, the DC-3 was tough, versatile, and economical – a masterpiece of functional design. It was an enlarged version of Douglas’s already successful DC-2, produced in response to a request from American Airlines president, C.R. Smith, for an aircraft to offer comfortable overnight travel. By increasing the length and girth of the DC-2’s fuselage, Douglas made room for […]