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Aviation Archaeology

As we rocket, (or plummet!), into the 21st Century, it’s clear to us that more and more younger people are finding their information on You Tube rather than in conventional books.
At Wingleader, we’ve always kept up with advances in publishing, so it seemed logical to embrace this new medium and publish our knowledge and archive material in this new format.
Below you will find our current selection of short films, please like and subscribe if you enjoy them!
Following on from the previous B-17 and Lancaster weekly updates, this week’s upload is a an assorted batch of Bell aircraft including Airacobras and Curtiss types including a lot of...
This week’s upload is a an assorted batch of Airspeed, Armstrong Whitworth and Avro types, like this rare 51 Sqn Whitley photo. These images are all viewable to Research or...
The long awaited first volume on the Douglas Boston/Havoc has arrived in our warehouse and all pre-orders are now in the post. This is a great book covering this iconic...
For those of you already signed up to our Wingleader Photo Archive, go to the Weekly Photos folder to see this week’s new update of over 200 images. This is...
For those of you already signed up to our Wingleader Photo Archive, go to the Weekly Photos folder to see this week’s new update of over 200 images. This is...
For those of you already signed up to our Wingleader Photo Archive, go to the Weekly Photos folder to see this week’s new update of over 200 images. This is...
This weekend, we’ll be launching WPA26 Spitfire MkI/II Special and WPA27 Halifax Part 1 at the IPMS Scale Modelworld show at Telford. If you’re there, do come and say hello,...
For those of you already signed up to our Wingleader Photo Archive, go to the Weekly Photos folder to see this week’s new update of 106 images. This is another...
A Defiant Night fighter is shot down by an unseen foe in 1941. Suggs from Madness investigates for the 'WW2 Treasure Hunters' TV series.
Tony Robinson's 'Time Team' Recover a Spitfire in France.
The Bishop of Bath and Wells Blesses a Spitfire Dig
A tragic case of friendly fire, investigated as a WW2 Treasure Hunters TV Dig with Suggs from Madness.
A lost Battle of Britain Hurricane recovery, with a Saigon connection.
A Battle of Britain Cardiff raider, shot down by Stanford Tuck over Somerset.
Sgt Ray Holmes rams a Dornier over central London on the 15th September 1940. An epic tale and an epic recovery.
Shot down in the Battle of Britain, John Cock saw parts of his Hurricane recovered in 1983.
Cobber Kain's first kill. A Dornier 17P shot down in France.
A Royal Navy Corsair pilot is lost during a dogfighting exercise. Seventy years later, his watch is recovered and returned to his family.
An American Eagle Squadron pilot abandons his Spitfire over Northern Ireland. Seventy years later it is excavated for the BBC 'Dig WW2' series with Dan Snow.
A specially modified He111 is shot down during a night raid on Avonmouth docks. 70 years later it's remains are recovered for a BBC documentary.
The only P-61 Black Widow night fighter to crash in the UK, excavated from an enormous hole in Cheshire.
Shot down and abandoned over Essex at the height of the Battle of Britain, 'Paddy' Hemmingway, the last surviving member of 'The Few', watched fragments of his Hurricane emerge from...
The incredible story of a B-24, shot up and abandoned after bombing the Ardennes, which found it's way back to rural Herefordshire.
The longest surviving member of the Dambusters, Johnny Johnson, witnesses the remains of his Lancaster being recovered for the Channel 4 documentary 'Last of the Dambusters'.
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