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‘Much like a diving falcon’: the prototype Kettering Bug, c.1918.

There is nothing new about uncrewed aircraft.

Roger Hudson describes advances in British military aviation technology in the years before the Second World War.

Alcock and Brown landing in Ireland, 1919.

The glamorous success of Alcock and Brown’s first non-stop transatlantic flight in the wake of the Great War made the world smaller but no less nationalistic, argues Maurice Walsh.

Geoffrey de Havilland, c.1925.

The aviation pioneer died on May 21st, 1965.

Terence McLaughlin describes aeronautical experiments from gliders to powered machines.

R34 landing at Mineola on 6 July 1919

B.J. Haimes describes how a British airship, the R34, raised the possibility of transatlantic travel by dirigible.

Alcock and Brown takeoff from St. John's, Newfoundland in 1919.

D.L.B. Hartley describes the background to a postwar transatlantic aviation competition, famously won by Alcock and Brown’s Vickers Vimy aeroplane.

Count Zeppelin and his successors in Germany and Britain backed an invention that failed; but David Sawers describes how, during its lifetime, the airship attracted the enthusiasm of many aeronautical engineers.

Hal Wert tells the story of the two Lithuanian-American aviators, Steponas Darius and Stanley Girenas, whose attempt to bring honour to the land of their birth ended tragically in July 1933.

The great military institution took flight on April 13th, 1912.