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Historical Aviation

Chris Langley | Lancaster Mk V11 NX611

Lancaster Mk V11 NX611

Known today as Just Jane, restored and maintained at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, had seen service in French Polynesia with the French Aeronavale. In 1965, donated by the French and after a lot of fundraising, she was flown back to UK. She spent many years on loan as a gate guardian at RAF Scampton before changing hands a couple of times and now is being restored to near flyable condition. Currently she performs taxi runs only, but there is a strong desire and intent to put her back in the air. This historical 1965 image made on her return flight from the Pacific is held inside my personal collection.
Chris Langley | Two Brave men and Spitfire Mk Vb 501City of Winnipeg Squadron - 1944

Two Brave men and Spitfire Mk Vb 501City of Winnipeg Squadron - 1944

This actual aircraft, EP 120, has been restored and remains at Duxford. It was built at Castle Bromwich in 1942 and has a verifiable record of having shot down many enemy aircraft while in service with various squadrons. She is restored to her 1944 appearance with 501 squadron RCAF. This is a digitally stored and colourised heritage image from my historical aviation collection. Both pilots in the image are wearing the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Chris Langley | Bristol Blenheim Mk1

Bristol Blenheim Mk1

A restored example resulting from many collaborations resulting from parts of several aircraft used after crashes and the nose had even been used as a car! Originally built in the 1930's these aircraft were the most numerous aircraft in service in the RAF at the outbreak of WW2 and were used largely as a light bomber. The Blenheim resides at Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Image from my collection of heritage aircraft photography.
Chris Langley | North American P82 Twin Mustang Prototype

North American P82 Twin Mustang Prototype

An idea for a long range, high altitude fighter to protect the US Army Air Force bomber streams over Japan resulted in the P82 Twin Mustang which eventually entered service in 1945 as the Mustang F82 and was the first fighter plane in service with the United States Air Force in the Korean War. The aircraft had remarkable range and altitude capability. This image is from my collection of historical aircraft images.
Chris Langley | Lancaster Just Jane NX611 returns to UK

Lancaster Just Jane NX611 returns to UK

in 1965 the Avro Lancaster we now know as Just Jane returned to UK from French Polynesia where she had been working as part of the French Aeronavale. Considerable fund raising was done to take the many steps to get her back to the UK. She later spent many years in RAF colours as a gate guardian at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, eventually ending up in the hands of two farmers who farmed a former RAF airfield, now the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirby, Lincolnshire. The Panton Brothers wanted a memorial to their brother who had been killed on operations during WW2 and they initiated the restoration to flight of Just Jane. In mid 2018 she has not flown yet but is so close to being ready to do that! This image of her during the flight back to UK is a part of my heritage aircraft image collection
Chris Langley | North American B25 Mitchell Bomber

North American B25 Mitchell Bomber

The Mitchell was made in several variants and certainly its most iconic role was in the Doolittle raid on Toyko during WW2, actually flown off an aircraft carrier. This fully restored thing of beauty was photographed at Paine Field, near Everett, Washington State, USA
Chris Langley | Engine Cooling Bay, Fieseler Storch aircraft

Engine Cooling Bay, Fieseler Storch aircraft

The engineering of aircraft can sometimes bring about some very interesting conjunctions of form and function. This is the air cooling scoop and the cooling fins of the cylinders are visible. Simply some nice symmetry!
Chris Langley | A Beautiful Radial Engine

A Beautiful Radial Engine

This is a beautiful presentation of the working end of a US made biplane. Radial engines were in use in military aircraft into the 1970s and many of these heritage aircraft are still flying today. This was photographed at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, USA
Chris Langley | Two of the Most Famous Fighters of the Royal Air Force

Two of the Most Famous Fighters of the Royal Air Force

In the foreground a Griffon-Engined Supermarine Spitfire of WW2 and behind, the English Electric Lightning T5 XS449 photographed at RAF Coltishall in Norfolk in the 1960's. The Spitfire was built in many marks and in large volumes. This Lightning T5 is one of only 22 which were built at Warton. It is hard to come to terms with the fact that there was less than 20 years between these aircraft designs. The maximum speed of the Spitfire was 375 miles per hour. The maximum speed of the Lightning exceeded 1500 miles per hour. This historical image is held inside my personal collection.
Chris Langley | G-AEDO  Flying British Skies

G-AEDO Flying British Skies

This is a fully digitally restored image from an old photograph in my collection of an aircraft from the 1930's
Chris Langley | Mustang P51 Val Halla

Mustang P51 Val Halla

This aircraft is the personal mount of the former US astronaut, Major General William Anders. It is kept in the markings of the US Army Air Force unit which defended Iceland by treaty and is housed at the Anders' Heritage Flight Museum in Bellingham, Washington State, USA, which he operates with his son Lt Col. Greg Anders. William Anders is famous for the first earthrise imagery of Apollo 8 earth seen far away over the curvature of the moon, regarded today as one of the most famous and influential photographs ever taken.
Chris Langley | De Havilland Sea Vixen -  Sketch

De Havilland Sea Vixen - Sketch

The de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen was a British twin-engine, twin boom tailed, two-seat, carrier-based fleet air-defence fighter flown by the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm during the 1950s into the early 1970s. Only one flying example remains. This sketch has been made from a historical image in my collection.
Chris Langley | Clément-Bayard Biplane 1912 - Sketch

Clément-Bayard Biplane 1912 - Sketch

The Clément-Bayard Biplane 1912 was built by the French motor car company Clément-Bayard. It was proposed as an observation aircraft and was powered by a 80 hp Gnome engine. No orders were place for the aircraft and only the one example was built. This sketch is made from a photo in my heritage aircraft collection.