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Imperial Airways, the early British commercial airline

Posted in Aerospace, Aviation, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Transport, Travel on Friday, 20 November 2015

This evocative panoramic picture shows a Handley Page W10 in Britain’s pre-war Imperial Airways livery, flying high above the familiar cityscape of Paris, with the Seine snaking into the distance and the Eiffel Tower standing sentinel over the French capital.

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Imperial Airways – a Handley Page W10 flying high over Paris by Graham Coton

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Alcock and Brown, first men to fly the Atlantic

Posted in Adventure, Aerospace, America, Aviation, Bravery, Engineering, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, News, Sea, Transport, Travel on Friday, 20 November 2015

Aviation pioneers Alcock and Brown were the first men to fly the Atlantic non-stop, and in doing so claimed the Daily Mail Prize of £10,000 which Lord Northcliffe had put up for a successful challenge. They flew a modified Vickers Vimy bomber which looks like a dangerously rudimentary aircraft in our exciting picture, especially so as the ocean waves seem to reach to its very vulnerable undercarriage.

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Alcock and Brown, first men to fly the Atlantic by Neville Dear

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The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 32

Posted in Art, Artist, Aviation, Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Illustrators, Sea, Ships, Sport, The Graphic, Transport on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows sport on a troop transport ship.

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Sports on Board a Transport, a Blindfold Boxing Match by W Small

The second picture shows the Graphic artists’ balloon from which they made their drawings.

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The Easter Volunteer Manoeuvres at Portsmouth, inflating The "Graphic" Balloon, an Awkward Gust

The third picture shows wrestlers at a sporting event in the North.

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North Country Wrestling by E Buckman

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The best pictures of Louis Bleriot

Posted in Aviation, Best pictures, Castles, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Sea, Technology, Transport, Travel on Thursday, 8 October 2015

The best pictures of Louis Bleriot are striking images of the aviator’s first solo flight across the English Channel.
The first picture shows Bleriot above the white cliffs of Dover.

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Louis Bleriot, the First to Fly the Channel

The second picture shows Bleriot above the Channel.

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Louis Bleriot, aviation pioneer

The third picture shows Bleriot above Dover Castle.

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"Dover was asleep at the time"

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The best pictures of the Fairey Swordfish

Posted in Aviation, Best pictures, Historical articles, History, War, Weapons, World War 2 on Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The best pictures of the Fairey Swordfish are vivid images of this tough biplane on the many heroic bombing missions it flew during World War Two.
The first picture shows the great torpedo bomber in action.

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Fairey Swordfish sinking a U-boat in the North Sea

The second picture shows the Swordfish cruising.

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Fairey Swordfish by Wilf Hardy

The third picture shows the Swordfish from high above.

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"The last of our fighting biplanes" – the Fairey Swordfish by Ferdinando Tacconi

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The best pictures of Manfred von Richthofen, ‘The Red Baron’

Posted in Aviation, Best pictures, Bravery, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, War, Weapons, World War 1 on Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The best pictures of Baron von Richthofen, or ‘The Red Baron’, are striking images of the famous WW1 pilot known as ‘The Ace of Aces’.
The first picture shows von Richthofen as a cavalry officer in the 1st Emperor Alexander III of Russia Uhlan Regiment (1st West Prussian), which was dismounted early in the war.

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Lieutenant Manfred von Richthofen of the 1st Regiment of Uhlans managed to lead his surviving lancers to safety. Within a few months, he left the redundant cavalry regiment and became an airman, by Pat Nicolle

The second picture shows the Red Baron in action.

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Lieutenant Manfred von Richtofen, the Red Baron, in a Fokker Dr. 1, by Wilf Hardy

The third picture shows him flying an Albatros D.III, which was the first of his aircraft he painted red wherefrom his famous nickname arose.

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Lieutenant Manfred von Richtofen, the Red Baron, flying an Albatross D.III by Wilf Hardy

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The best pictures of Russian aircraft of World War II

Posted in Aviation, Best pictures, Historical articles, History, War, Weapons, World War 2 on Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The best pictures of Russian aircraft flown in combat during the Second World War show fighter planes and bombers.
The first picture shows a Mikoyan-Gurevich fighter.

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Russian Aircraft of World War II: Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich fighter by Wilf Hardy

The second picture shows a Tupolev Tu-2 Russian bomber.

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Russian Aircraft of World War II: Tupolev Tu-2 Russian bomber by Wilf Hardy

The third picture shows an Ilyushin II-2m3 Russian ground-attack aircraft.

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Russian Aircraft of World War II: Ilyushin II-2m3 Russian ground-attack aircraft by Wilf Hardy

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The best pictures of Soviet cosmonauts

Posted in Aerospace, Aviation, Best pictures, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Science, Space, Technology, Travel on Monday, 31 August 2015

The best pictures of Soviet cosmonauts show four famous figures in the history of space exploration.
The first picture is of Yuri Gagarin.

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Yuri Gagarin by Wilf Hardy

The second picture is of Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov who made the first space walk, a 12-minute extra-capsule adventure.

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Alexey Leonov making the first space walk by Wilf Hardy

The third picture is of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman into space, her husband Andrian Nikolayev, and Vostock 6.

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Valentina Tereshkova was the first female cosmonaut in space and circumnavigated earth in Vostok 6. Also inset is her husband, Andrian Nikolayev, who flew in Vostok 3. Picture by Robert Brook

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The best pictures of the bombing of Hiroshima

Posted in America, Aviation, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Inventions, War, Weapons, World War 2 on Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The best pictures of the American bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 show the apocalyptic mushroom cloud which rose above the incinerated Japanese city.
The first picture shows the famous image.

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Hiroshima, 6th August 1945

The second picture shows the same image.

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Hiroshima, 6th August 1945

The third picture shows illustrated extracts from the war diaries of Viscount Alanbrooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff 1941-1946, written just days after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Viscount Allenbrooke’s diary entries for 12th and 15th August, 1945, pictures by Ron Embleton

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The best pictures of the bombing of Pearl Harbor

Posted in America, Aviation, Best pictures, Famous battles, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, War, Weapons, World War 2 on Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The best pictures of Pearl Harbor show the Japanese bombing and its aftermath on that “day of infamy” which brought the United States into the Second World War.
The first picture is a dramatic composition filled with violent momentum.

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Pearl Harbour by Graham Coton

The second picture of Pearl Harbor shows the famously clear blue sky on that fateful day.

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Pearl Harbor by John Keay

The third picture shows the stricken US Pacific Fleet in the aftermath.

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Pearl Harbor

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