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Back Issues

December 2014

The brand new December issue of FlyPast is not to be missed! Our cover star is one of the best-loved warbirds in the UK, the Rolls-Royce owned Supermarine Spitfire XIX PS853. This mighty Griffon-powered machine has been performing on the UK airshow scene for decades, and we took the opportunity to speak to its chief pilot Phill O’Dell about what it’s like to fly, and how it has come to represent the Rolls-Royce brand. John Dibbs provides spectacular air-to-air photography of this impressive fighter.

Spotlight: Bristol Beaufighter
A key Allied war machine of World War Two, our special Spotlight section focuses on the pugnacious Bristol Beaufighter. Featuring rarely seen photos and exclusive artwork, we look back at the history of the twin-engined fighter-bomber, and profile some of the men that flew it into combat.

Tuskegee Tribute
Robert F Dorr describes the day when the Tuskegee Airmen got the edge over the potent Messerschmitt Me 262 jet.

Flying The Fortress
FlyPast’s Dave Unwin gets behind the controls of the Collings Foundation’s Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress.

Spitfires Down Under
Gavin Conroy captured Temora’s Spitfire pair on camera as they rehearsed for a flying day.

MiG reborn
A profile of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 N406DM which is now flying in the US.

We also bring you the latest news about the RAF Museum’s conservation of the Goodwin Sands’ Dornier Do 17, and an update about a Spitfire that will soon be flying in New Zealand. We head off to Duxford for the last of its big shows this year, visit the Reno air races, and drop in at Tangmere to see the museum’s World War One tribute. There’s also a feature on an Avro Lancaster that was used to test jet engines, plus much more.

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