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‘Only Angels Have Wings’ – Celebrating The Women Of The Air Transport Auxiliary

Women last week made history in the youngest Service, for the first delivery flights of aeroplanes from factory to storage depot, ‘somewhere in Great Britain,’ were carried out by the Women’s Transport Section of the Air Transport Auxiliary. There are nine members of this body. So reported The Sketch on 17 January 1940. Four months into the Second World War, and women were making history, and in particular, the nine women who belonged to the Air Transport Auxiliary. These women, along with

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

Following on from reaching our wonderful milestone of 50 million newspapers pages last week, which you can read more about here, we have added an incredible 534,520 brand new newspaper pages to The Archive over the last seven days. Making up a portion of these half a million brand new newspaper pages are seventeen brand new newspaper titles from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, whilst we have also updated 102 of our existing titles. So read on to find out more about all of our new newspaper titles of

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The Hindenburg Disaster – As Told By Our Newspapers

Disaster has befallen the giant German airship, Hindenburg. She was blown to pieces in a mysterious explosion when about to moor at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on the first anniversary of her maiden flight to America. A third of her reported total of 97 aboard have died. Latest death toll of the disaster is 35. So reported the Lincolnshire Echo on 7 May 1937, a day after the German airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire as it attempted to land in New Jersey. News of

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Celebrating Amy Johnson – ‘Queen of the Air’

The 1930s were a decade of aviation records. Airmen and airwomen from across the globe pushed their aircrafts to the limit, travelling thousands of miles in pursuit of world firsts and fastest travelling times. And these men and women became the superstars of their day, bona fide celebrities alongside the stars of stage and screen. Chief amongst the royalty of the air was Amy Johnson, Britain’s answer to Amelia Earhart. In this special blog, as part of aviation April on

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