FlyPast is Britain's biggest selling monthly aviation magazine, and is internationally renowned for its comprehensive coverage of historic aircraft and flying heritage.
Each month, FlyPast brings you the latest from the warbird preservation movement, as well as documenting wartime experiences, squadron histories and personal testimonies from those who flew in World War One (WW1), World War Two (WW2) and the Cold War. As well as a comprehensive news section, FlyPast takes an in-depth look at such types as the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and Avro Lancaster, as well as similarly iconic US machines like the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and North American P-51 Mustang. Our coverage is backed up by stunning air-to-air photography by the best in the business, with recent exclusives including the last airworthy Avro Vulcan and a recently restored de Havilland Mosquito.
Including nostalgic reflections on various RAF units, visits to aviation-themed museums around the world, and reports from airshows (including those at Duxford and overseas), FlyPast is an essential read for any historic aviation enthusiast. With future issues set to commemorate important anniversaries (such as the centenary of the Great War and 70 years since D-Day), the magazine incorporates up-to-the-minute coverage of events both recent and long distant.
A rare example of a Handley Page Hampden being restored at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is making huge steps towards completion of the fuselage section. As one of the Museum’s longest running conservation projects, the aircraft is starting to take shape now thanks to one of the museum’s skilled aircraft technicians who is building a large section of the aircraft from scratch.
The Duxford-based Aircraft Restoration Company officially opened its hangar at the Cambridgeshire Airfield on September 16. The video (see below) shows ARC's John Romain with Air Vice-Marshal S D Atha, at the conclusion of the opening ceremony. This photo shows ARC's Bristol Blenheim inside the new building.
For those of you who like classic jet airliners, this is an interesting documentary about the Sud Aviation Caravelle - and one man's quest to restore the nose section of a former Air France airliner to full cockpit functionality. Look out for a future item in FlyPast about this.
The next specialist Historic Aviation sale at Dominic Winter Auctioneers will take place on 11 November and will include the Jack Mappin collection of Royal Air Force memorabilia. Going under the hammer will be a 1942 Air Ministry “Scramble” bell (Est. £700-1000), a Station Ensign from RAF Tangmere dated 1942 (Est. £200-300) and several Gallantry medal groups.
The sale will also include the Michael Shaw collection of Aircraft Nameplates. Michael’s career spanned from 1958 to 1985, and during this time he broke up all types of aircraft ranging from a Rolls Royce Hawk to a Concorde Olympus 593. The collection represents aircraft from Britain, America, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Russia. The auctioneers will be selling the collection of 195 nameplates as one lot with an estimate of £10,000-15,000. For more information please contact Henry Meadows: henry
The Goodwood Revival will take off with a dawn Spitfire flypast at 0800hrs this Friday 9 September, followed by air displays by the BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane at 1300hrs and a Blenheim, Spitfire and Mustang at 1312hrs. It's believed to be the first time a Blenheim has flown in a display at Goodwood.
The displays will be repeated on Saturday at 0830, 1300 and 1312hrs respectively and 0845hrs on Sunday followed by 2 BBMF Spitfires, a Hurricane, a Blenheim and a Spitfire and Mustang at 1320hrs on Sunday afternoon.
Spitfire IX MH434 image by Matt Jacques
Warbird photographer Gavin Conroy has sent us this superb video of de Havilland Mosquito TV959 running both engines at Ardmore, New Zealand, on August 27, 2016. This Mossie is being restored to fly by the engineers at Avspecs. You can read a news story about this restoration in the October issue of FlyPast – in the UK shops now, or you can purchase the download version right away – see our home webpage for details. (Thanks to Gavin Conroy for the video, and to Avspecs for access to the Mossie.)