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Air Vehicle Collection

"Unleashing the Fury: Air Vehicles in the Battle for Dominance" In the relentless pursuit of victory, air vehicles have played a pivotal role throughout history

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Wellington Bombers

Wellington Bombers
8th February 1940: A flight of Vickers Wellington long range bombers, used by the Royal Air Force to undertake raids into Germany and elsewhere. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Bristol Brabazon I Airliner

Bristol Brabazon I Airliner
16th June 1950: The Bristol Brabazon I, at 130 tons, the worlds largest airliner seen here as it visits London airport. The Bristol Type 167 Brabazon was a large propeller-driven airliner

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Supermarine Spitfire, c1940 (colour litho)

Supermarine Spitfire, c1940 (colour litho)
981878 Supermarine Spitfire, c1940 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Supermarine Spitfire, c1940.); Look and Learn / Elgar Collection

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Search And Destroy

Search And Destroy
The second wave of combat helicopters of the 1st Air Cavalry Division fly over an RTO and his commander on an isolated landing zone during Operation Pershing

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Lancaster Bomber

Lancaster Bomber
circa 1945: A Royal Air Force Lancaster Bomber in flight. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: R 101 Airship

R 101 Airship
circa 1929: A broadside view of the Airship R101, at its mooring mast at Cardington, Bedford. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Military plane

Military plane
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Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds
1929: The British airship R-100 flies through a thick layer of cloud. She was scrapped after the crash of her sistership, the R-101, in 1930. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Airship R-101

Airship R-101
October 1929: Airship R101 passing over St Pauls Cathedral, London. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: A Balloon View of London (viewed from North) (engraving)

A Balloon View of London (viewed from North) (engraving)
609814 A Balloon View of London (viewed from North) (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Balloon View of London (viewed from North)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Airship R 101

Airship R 101
1929: R101, a British airship, which was built in 1929 and was 221 metres (724 feet) long. The airship had dining, sleeping and recreational facilities for 100 passengers

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: R-101 Airship in a hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire

R-101 Airship in a hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire
1929: The R101 airship in a hangar at Cardington in Bedfordshire. The R101 was 221 m (724 ft) long and had a gas capacity of 140 million litres (5 million cu ft)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: R101

R101
4th October 1930: R101 at its moorings in Cardington, Bedfordshire prior to its departure for India. It crashed en-route. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: R101 Airship

R101 Airship
2nd October 1929: An R101 Airship in its hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire. (Photo by Puttnam /Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Eyes Of The Fleet

Eyes Of The Fleet
circa 1940: A Blackburn Skua two seat fighter and dive-bomber of the Fleet Air Arm with arrestor hook and wheels lowered, flying over warships of the British Fleet. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Airship

Airship
July 1919: The arrival of the R34 airship at Pulham. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Airship

Airship
17th October 1929: The tail-end section of the giant airship R101, riding on the mooring mast at Cardigan, Bedford. The R101 was part of a British government programme to develop civil airships

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Wreckage of Hawker and Grieves Sopwith Atlantic used in their attempt to cross the Atlantic

Wreckage of Hawker and Grieves Sopwith Atlantic used in their attempt to cross the Atlantic (b / w photo)
3094455 Wreckage of Hawker and Grieves Sopwith Atlantic used in their attempt to cross the Atlantic (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: RAF Scramble

RAF Scramble
RAF fighter pilots run for their planes. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: New Imperial Airways Aircraft At Croydon

New Imperial Airways Aircraft At Croydon
An aerial view of the christening ceremony for five Handley Page airliners of Imperial Airways at Croydon Aerodrome, London, 30th March 1926

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Andree Expedition

Andree Expedition
July 1897: The ill-fated hot-air balloon expedition to the North Pole, attempted by Swedish explorer Salomon August Andree, Nils Strindberg and Knut Fraenkel in 1897

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: BEA Planes standing on the tarmac at London Airport

BEA Planes standing on the tarmac at London Airport
1957: British European Airways planes standing on the tarmac at London Airport. (Photo by Emil/BIPs/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: The Wright brothers 1903 Flyer plane, side view

The Wright brothers 1903 Flyer plane, side view

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Cartoon, pilot flying green open-topped aeroplane among clouds and waving

Cartoon, pilot flying green open-topped aeroplane among clouds and waving, his scarf rustling in wind, side view

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Up Up And Away

Up Up And Away
17th July 1909: Balloons and people gather for an exciting day of balloon racing at Hurlingham. (Photo by W. G. Phillips/Phillips/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Balloon Over The Masai Mara

Balloon Over The Masai Mara
Hot air balloon floating over the Mara River in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Macchi Varese

Macchi Varese
circa 1928: A record breaking plane, the Italian Macchi Varese Type 52 seaplane which won the 1926 Schneider Cup. It has a 12 cylinder A93 engine capable of 512 kilometres per hour

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: RAF De Havilland Vampire being pushed into position ready for take-off

RAF De Havilland Vampire being pushed into position ready for take-off
17th May 1952: An RAF De Havilland Vampire being pushed into position ready for take-off. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5864 - We re Flying Five Years Ahead - pub.1952

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Race To Scotland; Imperial Airways Bi-plane, the City of Glasgow, flying over

Race To Scotland; Imperial Airways Bi-plane, the City of Glasgow, flying over
16th June 1928: Imperial Airways bi-plane, the City of Glasgow, flying over the River Tweed at Berwick during a race to Scotland against the LNER Pacific class steam locomotive The Flying Scotsman

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: RaF Neptune over Sydney Harbour, March 1965

RaF Neptune over Sydney Harbour, March 1965
Scan from Kodak side taken March 1965. Shows RaF Neptune aircraft flying low over Sydney Harbour, Australia. Taken from another aircraft

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Zeppelin Over Berlin

Zeppelin Over Berlin
The Graf Zeppelin, the worlds most successful airship, flies over the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: British Army Airspeed Horsa Glider Force

British Army Airspeed Horsa Glider Force
circa 1944: Four British Army Airspeed Horsa gliders with their tails detached for unloading and a Waco Hadrian glider all safely landed in a field

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Front Line Copter

Front Line Copter
5th January 1969: A soldier in the U.S. Army 1st Air Cavalry holds his rifle above his head as he serves as a traffic cop for helicopters landing in a field during an operation north of Saigon in

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Barrage Balloon

Barrage Balloon
1st August 1918: A barrage balloon tethered at Queens Club, London, in the background the tents used for housing the balloons. (Photo by A. R. Coster/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Captured Aircraft

Captured Aircraft
9th November 1918: Captured German aircraft at the Lord Mayors show, London. (Photo by A. R. Coster/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Princess Flying Boat

Princess Flying Boat
19th August 1952: Holidaymakers at Cowe, Isle of Wight, watching the launching of a 140 ton Saunders-Roe Princess flying boat prior to flight trials

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Metal Airship

Metal Airship
Crowds gather to view the first all metal dirigible airship. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Londoners sheltering from a German air raid on a platform in Piccadilly Underground Station during

Londoners sheltering from a German air raid on a platform in Piccadilly Underground Station during the Blitz
6015286 Londoners sheltering from a German air raid on a platform in Piccadilly Underground Station during the Blitz, World War II, September 1940 (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: British Vickers Wellington bombers setting off on a daylight bombing raid on Germany

British Vickers Wellington bombers setting off on a daylight bombing raid on Germany, World War II (photo)
6015167 British Vickers Wellington bombers setting off on a daylight bombing raid on Germany, World War II (photo) by English Photographer

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Firestorm (colour litho)

Firestorm (colour litho)
2778617 Firestorm (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: Firestorm. Teams of Axis airplanes swoop down on the English motorized columns that attack in)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Sunrise from an airplane above the clouds with wing unit, above Norway

Sunrise from an airplane above the clouds with wing unit, above Norway

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Avro Lincoln

Avro Lincoln
7th September 1948: An Avro Lincoln on display at the Farnborough Air Show. It is a heavy bomber, and has an experimental turbo propeller engine fitted in its nose

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Testing Aircraft

Testing Aircraft
14th October 1943: A Royal Airforce Mosquito being tested at the de Havilland factory. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Monck Masons Airship

Monck Masons Airship
The Victoria, an early airship built by English aviator Thomas Monck Mason, 1843. American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: The Simmonds 'Spartan'(b / w photo)

The Simmonds "Spartan"(b / w photo)
3634254 The Simmonds " Spartan" (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Simmonds " Spartan")

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: British Vice-Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten with his staff at Combined Operations Headquarters

British Vice-Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten with his staff at Combined Operations Headquarters, World War II
6015206 British Vice-Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten with his staff at Combined Operations Headquarters, World War II, 1942-1943 (photo) by English Photographer

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Flying Teletubby

Flying Teletubby
July 1909: This aviator performs some last minute adjustments on the plane, while his lucky mascot looks on. (Photo by W. G. Phillips/Phillips/Getty Images)

Background imageAir Vehicle Collection: Captured Plane

Captured Plane
9th November 1918: On display at the Lord Mayors Show - a German Pfalz plane, shot down near Arras on 17th October 1918. (Photo by A. R. Coster/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)



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"Unleashing the Fury: Air Vehicles in the Battle for Dominance" In the relentless pursuit of victory, air vehicles have played a pivotal role throughout history. From their early days as search and destroy machines to becoming symbols of military might, these marvels of engineering have left an indelible mark on warfare. The Wellington Bombers and Lancaster Bomber squadrons soared through storm clouds, fearlessly braving turbulent skies to deliver destruction upon enemy strongholds. Their thunderous engines roared with power as they unleashed devastation from above, earning them the moniker "Eyes Of The Fleet. " Amongst these formidable warbirds stood the legendary R-101 Airship - a colossal behemoth that commanded attention wherever it flew. Its majestic presence filled the sky as it gracefully floated through the heavens, its silhouette casting an imposing shadow below. Housed within a hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire, this airborne giant was both feared and revered. The R101 Airship's significance extended beyond mere military might; it symbolized human ambition and technological progress. A testament to mankind's desire to conquer new frontiers, this airship represented our unwavering spirit in pushing boundaries. But amidst all its grandeur lay tragedy - a tale etched into history forevermore. The ill-fated journey of R101 ended tragically when it succumbed to disaster during one fateful flight. This catastrophic event served as a stark reminder of humanity's vulnerability against nature's wrath. Yet despite such setbacks, air vehicles continue to evolve and adapt even today. Military planes soar across vast expanses with precision-guided weaponry at their disposal – guardians of peace or harbingers of chaos depending on whose hands control them. As we reflect upon these magnificent creations that once ruled the skies with awe-inspiring force, let us remember their impact on shaping our world – not just as instruments of destruction but also symbols of human ingenuity and resilience.