Under African skies

airscape now has a resident pair of eyes in Africa, in the form of photographer Niel Swart. Based near Johannesburg, Niel has agreed to be our man on the flight line for South African aviation events so I’m looking forward to sharing his images from that part of the world with you. Here’s a taste of Niel’s talents… South Africa has a surprisingly rich aviation … Continue reading Under African skies


Wright Savers

They were ex-fishermen mostly, but to say they’d chosen a safer life ashore would be a lie. The Surfmen of the 19th century United States Life Saving Service were the forerunners of today’s US Coast Guard, a service that’s still renowned for helping aviators in need. History’s first ground crew A hundred years ago, those brave men lived in windswept stations along the worst stretches … Continue reading Wright Savers

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North, then hard Left

If you’re tired of turning up to airshows and aviation museums in that torn old Cessna T-shirt, here’s something a long way left of centre for you… completely unauthorised Air Koryo apparel. Air Koryo is the state airline of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (that’s North Korea to you and me), and has operated a small fleet of Tupolev Tu-154 tri-jets since 1975 (although they’re now banned from … Continue reading North, then hard Left

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Re: Direction

If you’ve felt like airscape’s content has been a bit ‘samey’ lately, well, congratulations – you’re way ahead of me! Personally, I don’t think there’s been a shortage of interesting content, per se, but that’s probably helped lull me into some comfortable habits too. . .  It’s high time I kicked myself where nobody should physically be able to kick themselves. New template, more stuff … Continue reading Re: Direction


Leader of the revolution

Of all the great aviation stories out there, my favourites are the ones that take me completely by surprise. And so it was with this. I assume you’ve seen the footage of legendary German test pilot Hanna Reitsch flying the twin-rotor Focke-Wulf Fw.61 inside Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle sports stadium during February 1938. If not, here it is: It begs the question – where were “our” helicopters? … Continue reading Leader of the revolution