Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
Tribute Former Lightning pilot Ian Black reflects on the career of aviation entrepreneur and jet devotee Mike Beachy Head. Fighting back The Polish Air Force crews put up dogged opposition when their country was invaded by Germany. Robert Gretzyngier describes their gallantry. Memorial Flight Lancaster Sqn Ldr Clive Rowley tells the story behind the choice of colours worn by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flighta€ s Avro Lancaster. Valour over the Pacific Thomas Cleaver profiles US airman Hamilton a€~Maca€ McWhorter who became the first Grumman Hellcat ace. Last to fall The a€~honoura€ of dropping the last bombs on Berlin went to a 105 Squadron Mosquito crew, and not to 109 Squadron as first thought. Richard Stowers explains. Norseman Darren Harbar goes air-to-air with Noorduyn Norseman 44-70515, the only flying survivor of the type in Europe. Combat Lancer The F-111 had a disastrous operational debut in Vietnam. Warren E Thompson describes the revolutionary jeta€ s baptism by fire. Berlin Express FlyPast examines North American P-51B Mustang a€~Berlin Expressa€ which recently flew to Britain from the US. Cold War Warriors SOUTHEND DELTA Avro Vulcan B.2 XL426 has a new home at London Southend Airport. Steve Beebee spoke to its owners. BROKEN ARROW Dr John Clearwater reveals what happened to a B-36 Peacemaker that went missing in 1950 while carrying an atomic bomb. PUSHING TOO FAR Andrew Brookes describes how, in less than an hour, the RAF lost a pilot and six Hawker Hunter jets. EJECT! EJECT! Johnny Squier survived ejecting from a Lightning at Mach 1.7 and 40,000ft. Ken Ellis tells his story. DAYS OF THE VICTOR Squadron Leader Mike Beer tells FlyPast what life was like as an Air Electronics Officer on the Handley Page Victor. Flypast Spotlight: Hawker Sea Fury Origin and History We recount the naval fightera€ s history. Sea Fury In Combat By the early 1950s, the Sea Fury should have been outclassed a€ but, as Andy Thomas explains, it excelled in action over Korea. Sea Fury in Profile Andy Hay artwork of a fighter that shot down a MiG-15. Men Behind the Hawker Graham Pitchfork profiles three Sea Fury pilots, including one who managed two very different a€~toursa€ on the type. Regulars Airshow A report and pictures from Duxforda€ s spectacular Flying Legends Air Show. Glory Days A portfolio of rarely seen images showing Gloster Javelin jets in service with 46 Squadron in 1956. From The Workshop Darren Harbar visits Hawker Restorations at its new base and describes a trio of exciting Hurricane projects. Airfields A forgotten base in East Yorkshire is being commemorated by local residents. Chris Gilson went along to the site at Carnaby. Finals North American Mustangs.
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