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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, the magazine incorporates up-to-the-minute coverage of events both recent and long distant.
Brett Nicholls' two BAC Strikemaster jets - NZ6362 and NZ6370 - are scheduled to make their final public appearance in New Zealand skies this weekend at the Classics Of The Sky airshow at Tauranga. The jets, both of which formerly served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, are on their way to a new home in the US. They will be used to fly close air support training operations with a civilian company contracted to the US military. More on this story will follow in a future 'FlyPast'.
Photo by Gavin Conroy via Warbirds Over Wanaka
The legendary bomber will once again report for ‘duty’ at Ohio’s National Museum of the USAF exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war on May 17, 1943.
See below for footage of this project.
General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon J-246 was positioned on a roundabout near Völkel, in the Netherlands, on December 2. It is painted in the markings of 312 Squadron, a Völkel-based RNLAF unit, but the 1981-built jet actually flew with 323 Squadron from Leeuwarden. ROGER SOUPART
A team from Total Access are currently cleaning the suspended aircraft in the National Cold War Exhibition hangar at RAF Museum Cosford. The team will also be inspecting the suspension cables supporting the aircraft in their flying display positions.
Navy Wings has posted an update about progress with Hawker Sea Fury T.20 VX281 (G-RNHF) - and it's good news!
Happy New Year to all of our readers - and it's a slightly bittersweet story to start things off: the final retirement from US military service of the ever popular Phantom...
US forces bid farewell to the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II on December 21, 2016, during a ceremony and brief flying display at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The type left US frontline squadron use in 1996, but over 300 were converted into QF-4 aerial target drones, and continued to provide essential service. The QF-16 will take over these duties in future.
Some brief footage of The Shuttleworth Collection's Gloster Gladiator being moved into its workshop in preparation for the attraction's Engineering Open Workshop days on December 29 and 30. Several aircraft can be seen by the public with panels etc removed as Old Warden's engineers work on their winter maintenance or ongoing restoration schedules. It just remains for us to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas, and thanks for your support this year.
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Graham Buckle and his team at Elvington in Yorkshire have taken considerable steps forward in their restoration of Gloster Meteor NF.14 WS788. The full story will be published in the next issue of FlyPast (out January 2), but in the meantime, here are some recent pictures from the project.
The group is particularly keen to source any information on the ‘Dixey’ nose art applied to WS788 during its time with the RAF’s 1 Air Navigation School. If you can help, please contact Graham: bluetwo
Aerospace Bristol is launching an appeal for stories and memories of Concorde ahead of her new home opening next summer.
A drone flight takes us over the remains of RAF Metheringham airfield. Thanks to John Shipton for the link.