Military Factory

Commercial Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 11/30/2015

The commercial aviation industry has been largely evolved thanks to developments in the military realm.





There are a total of (120) Commercial Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2021
Aerion AS2 / SBJ (Supersonic Business Jet)
The Aerion AS2 is a supersonic business jet product being forwarded by American billionaire business... [Read More]
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1923
Aeromarine 75
The American concern of Aeromarine converted the British Felixstowe F5L military flying boat for the... [Read More]
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1969
Aerospatiale / BAC Concorde
One of the great aviation stories to come out of a post-Cold War world, the British and French-made ... [Read More]
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1976
AgustaWestland AW109
The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a co... [Read More]
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2003
AgustaWestland AW139
The AgustaWestland model AW139 is a modern medium-lift, multi-purpose/multi-role rotary-wing product... [Read More]
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2015
AgustaWestland AW189
Sensing the growing market need for an all-modern, cost-effective medium-lift helicopter to serve in... [Read More]
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2017
AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor
Tiltrotors seemingly combine the best of two worlds in the scope of aviation - the fast, straight-li... [Read More]
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1974
Airbus A300
The Airbus A300 series of passenger jet airliner was developed by the French concern as a wide-body ... [Read More]
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1983
Airbus A310
The Airbus A310-300 was produced as a budgeted alternative to the based A300-series (detailed elsewh... [Read More]
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2003
Airbus A318
The French concern of Airbus unveiled their new A320 commercial aircraft family line in March of 198... [Read More]
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1988
Airbus A320
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1994
Airbus A330
The passenger airliner market is lucrative business and typically involves two industry heavyweights... [Read More]
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1993
Airbus A340
The Airbus A340 series was already in design and development alongside the similar A330 series. In t... [Read More]
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2014
Airbus A350
The A350 is the latest Airbus contribution to the competitive wide-body, long-range airliner market.... [Read More]
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2007
Airbus A380
Developed as a direct competitor to the hugely successful Boeing 747 line, Airbus introduced their w... [Read More]
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2007
Airbus Helicopters (NHIndustries) NH90
The NH90, developed by Eurocopter's helicopter arm NHIndustries (now under the Airbus Helicopters br... [Read More]
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1975
Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light... [Read More]
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1998
Airbus Helicopters EC120 Colibri (Hummingbird)
Introduced in 1998, the EC120 "Colibri" ("Hummingbird") Light Utility Helicopter has seen over 550 e... [Read More]
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2018
Airbus Helicopters H160 (X4)
The Airbus Helicopters H160 (formerly known under the designation of "X4") is an in-development, med... [Read More]
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1917
Airco DH.4
With production numbering over 6,000 total units, the AirCo / de Havilland DH.4 was another one of G... [Read More]
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2009
Antonov An-148
The Antonov concern of Ukraine holds a long-running, storied existence, particularly in the large ai... [Read More]
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1947
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
The Antonov An-2 is a multi-role light utility biplane initially produced under the Soviet flag. Des... [Read More]
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1962
Antonov An-24 (Coke)
The An-24 "Coke" was yet another in the long line of military transport aircraft produced during the... [Read More]
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1936
Armstrong Whitworth Ensign
The impressive Armstrong Whitworth Ensign AW.27 series was made originally designed to a 1934 Britis... [Read More]
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1989
ATR 72 (Avions de Transport Regional Model 72)
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2016
AVIC TA-600 / AG-600
In 1986, the Chinese Navy began operations of the Harbin SH-5, a large amphibious aircraft utilized ... [Read More]
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2015
AVICopter AC311
With China's massive industrial growth in recent decades, its defense industry has flourished with a... [Read More]
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2013
AVICopter AC313
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1983
BAe 146
Introduced in 1983 by British Aerospace (BAe), the BAe 146 has served for several decades as a civil... [Read More]
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1947
Beechcraft Bonanza
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1984
Beechcraft C-12 Huron
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1964
Beechcraft King Air
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1946
Bell Model 47
While the helicopter received some attention during World War 2 (1939-1945), it was not until the Ko... [Read More]
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2003
Beriev Be-200 Altair
The Beriev Be-200 "Altair" is based on the Cold War-era Beriev A-40 "Albatros", a twin-engined amphi... [Read More]
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1989
Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
The Soviets progressed jet-powered amphibious aircraft more so than any world power during the Cold ... [Read More]
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1918
Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo
The Kangaroo was the product of the Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Company, Limited. The design began... [Read More]
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1940
Boeing 307 Stratoliner (C-75)
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1939
Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
The Boeing Model 314 "Clipper" was a flying boat developed by Boeing Aircraft Company to fulfill a P... [Read More]
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1958
Boeing 707
The 707 model series for The Boeing Company proved to be the catalyst for their commercial market su... [Read More]
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1964
Boeing 727
After World War 2 (1939-1945) introduced the turbojet engine as a viable aviation propulsion system,... [Read More]
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1968
Boeing 737
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1970
Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)
Thanks to advances in jet engine technology during the 1950s and 1960s, passenger air travel blossom... [Read More]
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1983
Boeing 757
The 757-series airliner began as a 1970s Boeing endeavor to replace their aging 727 three-engined "t... [Read More]
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1981
Boeing 767
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1995
Boeing 777 (Triple Seven)
Throughout the 1970s, the Boeing Company operated the mammoth 747 four-engined, "wide-body" long-ran... [Read More]
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2020
Boeing 777X
The original Boeing 777 wide-body passenger jet airliner was introduced in 1995 (with United Airline... [Read More]
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2011
Boeing 787 (Dreamliner)
The 787 "Dreamliner" represents Boeing's latest foray into the world of commercial passenger air tra... [Read More]
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1927
Boeing Model 40
One of the earlier, effective uses of the airplane outside of the military realm was in mail deliver... [Read More]
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1984
Bombardier Dash 8 (DHC-8 / Q-Series)
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2018
Bombardier Global 7000
Canadian-based Bombardier Aerospace is looking to find success with its upcoming, in-development "Gl... [Read More]
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1923
Breguet Br.19
The French-designed and produced Breguet Br.19 was designed as successor to the stellar Br.14 model ... [Read More]
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1949
Bristol Brabazon
The post-World War 2 Bristol "Brabazon" was born from committee work in 1943 and held direct origins... [Read More]
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1936
CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico ("CANT") was responsible for the excellent Italian floatplane design... [Read More]
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1956
Cessna 172
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2016
COMAC C919
The government-owned aviation company of COMAC ("COMmercial Aircraft corporation of China") was foun... [Read More]
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1936
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Maritime aircraft play an understated - yet hugely important - role during World War 2 where their l... [Read More]
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1965
Dassault Falcon 20
In 1965, the French concern of Dassault introduced its line of business jets with the Dassault "Falc... [Read More]
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1979
Dassault Falcon 50
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2005
Dassault Falcon 7X
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2016
Dassault Falcon 8X
Many aviation companies realize profits through both military- and civilian-minded avenues and the F... [Read More]
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1965
Dassault HU-25 Guardian
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1948
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
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1952
de Havilland DH.106 Comet
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1938
de Havilland DH.91 Albatross
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1993
Dornier 328
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1937
Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
The Dornier Do 17 was a medium-class bomber fielded primarily by the German Luftwaffe in the years l... [Read More]
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1959
Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
In the mid-1950s, Dornier Flugzeugbau GmbH of West Germany developed the single engine Do 27 Short T... [Read More]
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1936
Douglas DC-3
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1959
Douglas DC-8
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2014
Embraer Legacy 500
The "Legacy 500" is Brazilian-based Embraer's entry into the competitive corporate VIP jet market wi... [Read More]
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2004
Eurocopter EC225 (Super Puma)
Eurocopter - now Airbus Helicopters (France) - developed its EC225 "Super Puma" for the passenger tr... [Read More]
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1938
Focke-Wulf Fw 200 (Condor)
The German Fw 200 Condor was initially a trans-Atlantic passenger and cargo (mail) aircraft develope... [Read More]
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1926
Ford Trimotor
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1917
Friedrichshafen G.III
The Friedrichshafen G.III was a medium bi-plane class bomber utilized by the German Empire in World ... [Read More]
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1937
Grumman Goose (G-21)
While most every aircraft venture usually began with a military requirement or private venture under... [Read More]
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2004
Gulfstream G500
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2002
HAL Dhruv (Polaris)
While still largely reliant on foreign suppliers, the Indian military industry has made strides in d... [Read More]
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1935
Heinkel He 111
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 fielded a trio of capable (though eventually limited) medium-cla... [Read More]
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1933
Heinkel He 70 (Blitz)
The Heinkel 70 (Blitz) was originally born out of a need for a speedy aeroplane charged with "fast" ... [Read More]
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1967
Ilyushin IL-62 (Classic)
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1975
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
The Ilyushin IL-76 heavy transport was debuted in the early 1970s, entered service in the mid-1970s ... [Read More]
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2017
Irkut MC-21
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1943
Junkers Ju 252
Junkers of Germany was approached by passenger carrier Lufthansa for a new transport design to succe... [Read More]
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1932
Junkers Ju 52
The tri-motor, prop-driven aircraft achieve popularity for a short time during the Interwar years - ... [Read More]
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1936
Junkers Ju 86
Before the power of the German Luftwaffe was unleashed upon the world in World War 2 (1939-1945) it ... [Read More]
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1933
Kalinin K-7
Konstantin Kalinin (1889-1938) had forged his history in aviation as a Red Army pilot during the Rus... [Read More]
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2016
Kawasaki C-2
With the need to modernize into an independent fighting force (apart from reliance on the United Sta... [Read More]
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1945
Lockheed C-69 Constellation
The Lockheed Constellation series of aircraft was a successful design that initially began as a mili... [Read More]
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1972
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
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1942
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon
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2015
Marenco SwissHelicopter SKYe SH09
The SKYe SH09 is an in-development, low-cost, light utility helicopter venture originating out of Sw... [Read More]
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1990
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing MD-11
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1968
McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)
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1971
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was one of several "tri-engine" jet-powered airliners developed into the... [Read More]
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1981
Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)
The original Mil Mi-8 "Hip" medium-lift transport helicopter series first flew in prototype form on ... [Read More]
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1983
Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
Since its adoption into service with the Soviet Air Force during the early 1980s, the Cold War-era M... [Read More]
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2017
Mil Mi-38
Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant holds a long-running history of rotary-wing aircraft design and developm... [Read More]
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1953
Mil Mi-4 (Hound)
The broad-reaching Mil Mi-4 series of helicopter (known to NATO as "Hound") first appeared in 1952 a... [Read More]
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1962
Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
The Mil Mi-6 was an inventory stalwart for the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War. For ... [Read More]
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1967
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Numbering well over 12,000 production examples, the Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name of "Hip") can be v... [Read More]
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1965
Mitsubishi MU-2
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2017
Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ)
It has been some time since the island nation of Japan has introduced a wholly indigenously-designed... [Read More]
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1942
Piaggio P.108
The Piaggio P.108 was a multi-faceted airframe developed to fulfill a variety of roles for the Itali... [Read More]
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1990
Piaggio P.180 Avanti
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1953
Piasecki H-21 Workhorse
The Piasecki H-21 tandem-rotor helicopter was born from a line of Piasecki products that began with ... [Read More]
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2017
Pilatus PC-24
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2008
Piper PA-47 PiperJet
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1929
Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
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1912
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 was born through the Royal Balloon Factory (RBF) establishment whic... [Read More]
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2007
ShinMaywa US-2
While no longer as heavily relied upon as in previous decades of military aviation, the flying boat ... [Read More]
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1946
Short S45 Solent
The Golden Age of Flight encompassed the years between the two World Wars and introduced airline tra... [Read More]
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1954
Sikorsky H-34 / CH-34 Choctaw
The H-34 Choctaw was a multi-purpose, radial-powered utility helicopter produced by Sikorsky in the ... [Read More]
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1935
Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
Prior to becoming a world-renown helicopter-maker, Sikorsky delivered to the United States military ... [Read More]
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2011
Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100)
While largely recognized for its strong military hardware roots, Sukhoi introduced their "Superjet 1... [Read More]
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1932
Tupolev TB-3 (ANT-6)
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1967
Tupolev Tu-134
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1975
Tupolev Tu-144 (Charger)
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1972
Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
The Tupolev concern of Russia holds an aviation history dating as far back as 1926, having since est... [Read More]
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1964
Vickers VC10
The VC10 was born under the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) brand label founded in 1960. The comp... [Read More]
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1919
Vickers Vimy
The Vimy was designed to a Royal Air Force (RAF) requirement for a night bomber with inherently long... [Read More]
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