July 2017The new issue of FlyPast is available in UK shops now! Our cover star, photographed by John Dibbs in 1994, is something of an unsung hero – the Blackburn Buccaneer. In this issue we present two features looking back on the role of this essential Cold War warrior – an aircraft that served Britain well in an era fraught with political tension. We also examine a Buccaneer that’s just been restored to ground working order for an attraction in Ireland.<br><br>LAVOCHKIN SPOTLIGHT<br>Our in-depth Spotlight section focuses on a World War Two fighter, the potent Lavochkin La-5. An exemplary defender, it proved its worth against the best fighters the Luftwaffe could throw at it. We include rarely seen images and exclusive artwork.<br><br>SPITFIRE FLIGHT<br>A memorable flight in the rear cockpit of the Grace Spitfire from Sywell is recalled by Steve Beebee.<br><br>FINNISH BREWSTERS<br>Peter London explains how the unfairly maligned Brewster Buffalo proved to be a formidable weapon in Finnish hands.<br><br>BLACK BUCK REUNION<br>Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire was the venue for a reunion of Victor and Vulcan crews who participated in the famous Falklands Black Buck raids.<br><br>NEW ZEALAND’S CLASSIC FIGHTERS<br>A visit to the spectacular Classic Fighters airshow in Omaka, New Zealand, with images by Gavin Conroy.<br><br>We also take a leisurely tour of Cornwall’s aviation heritage sites in the company of Ken Ellis, while Linnéa Holmberg Wensby describes the challenging project to salvage and preserve a Swedish Air Force C-47 shot down by a MiG over the Baltic. Andrew Thomas describes the use of English Electric Canberras during the Suez crisis, and B-29A Superfortress ‘Doc’ – restored to fly last year – makes its first airshow appearance.<br><br>Click here to view contents.
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