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March 2012


Typhoon Attack
In the first of a two-parter, Mickaël Simon describes an incredible raid to take revenge on a ‘blockade-runner’.

Return of the Invader
Frank B Mormillo profiles the Lyon Air Museum’s Korean-schemed night raider.

American Apache
A rare example of a North American A-36A Apache has recently been repainted. David Leininger reports.

Miss Pick Up
Rachel Morris concludes the story behind the nose-art on Duxford’s Consolidated Catalina.


The UK airshow ‘season’ may seem far away, but ‘Down Under’ it’s in full swing. We report from Temora in Australia and Masterton in New Zealand.

Glory Days
Martin Wade presents images from his grandfather’s RAF days from 1925 to 1932.

Museum – Swiss Air Force Centre
Luigi Vallero makes a pilgrimage to see the collection of historic aircraft at Dübendorf.

Auster, Miles and Beagle
In his study of post-war British manufacturers, Ken Ellis turns to the great white hope of general aviation, Beagle.

FlyPost and ‘Ops’ Board
Readers’ letters, plus dates for your diary.

For Valour
Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork describes an extraordinary act of courage by Flight Sergeant George Thompson.

What’s New
We review a selection of new books, prints and other products.

From The Workshop – Cosford
Steve Johnson reports on present and future projects at the RAF Museum’s Conservation Centre.

Newark Air Museum’s EE Canberra PR.7 WH791.

‘Missionary’ DC-3s for sale
Duxford Vampire progress
Mosquito roll-out
Repaint for Shuttleworth Avro
Vulcan service update
Cosford Herc on display

Cold War – a series of articles looking at military aviation during the tense stand-off on both sides of the ‘Iron Curtain’ in Germany.

Clash of Titans
Ken Ellis outlines the history of the ‘Cold War’, from its origins to the final thaw in the late 1980s.

Fighters in Profile
Pete West artwork illustrating four important Western fighters and their Soviet counterparts.

Guarding the Trip-Wire
Flt Lt Ross Payne tells Hugh Trevor about the early years of flying Lightning jets over NATO’s front line.

Bomber in profile
Pete West profiles key NATO and Warsaw Pact nuclear bombers and strategic attack aircraft.

Bavarian Starfighter
Mick Balter looks at the ‘friendly foe’ jet fighters preserved at a former West German air force base.

The Foe We Faced
Gp Capt Nigel Walpole details the history of the East German Air Force air defence fighters.

FlyPast Spotlight
Vickers Wellington

Origin and History
A look back at the history of the Wellington bomber.

Contemporaries Compared
We compare the Wellington to two other RAF bombers of the day.

Men Behind the Wellington
Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork profiles three Wellington airmen who proved their mettle.

Inside the Wellington
Cutaway artwork of a Vickers Wellington.

Wellington in Profile
Pete West artwork of a distinctive Wellington DWI anti sea mine aircraft.

In Combat
Paul Gaunt describes a partisan resupply sortie that went wrong for his father’s crew.

We present a glimpse at some of the more unusual ‘Wimpy’ bombers.

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