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May 2012

Free Museumm Guide

Features
Biggles Flies Again
Ken Ellis relates the story of a UK-based replica RAF BE.2c, as the Great War type celebrates its centenary.

From Spitfires to Lancasters
Robert Dixon profiles James Bazin, who flew both fighters and bombers in World War Two.

On The Gate
We present a survey of ‘gate guardians’ at military bases throughout the UK.

Royal Mustang
In our cover story, Michael O’Leary charts the fall and rise of North American P-51C Princess Elizabeth.

Catalina’s Epic Journey
A Catalina recently flew from Europe to Australia to start a new life in preservation. Roberto Yáńez and Alex Rodriguez tell the story.

Regulars
The Way We Were
Sqn Ldr Andrew Thomas looks at 45 Squadron in the latest in our series on unit heritage

Glory Days – Duxford
As Duxford prepares to host its Diamond Jubilee Airshow, we look back at two royal visits to the famous airfield.

From The Workshop – Sopwith Dolphin
Steve Johnson outlines the restoration of the RAF Museum’s Sopwith Dolphin.

Airshow
Phil Hawks goes ‘Down Under’ to attend the Point Cook Air Pageant.

Glory Days – Hendon
A showcase of images from a new book detailing the proud history of RAF Hendon.

Roundels File
David Howley charts New Zealand’s military heraldry.

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

Finals
The RAF BBMF’s Avro Lancaster B.1 PA474.

News
Wildcat arrives at Old Warden
Duxford Vampire unveiled
Australian Beaufort restoration
Grumman Goose to fly
US Sea Fury update
Harrier for Yeovilton

Falklands 30th – an 8-page look back at the air war in the South Atlantic during the 1982 Falklands conflict

Engaging the Enemy
Marking 30 years since the British mission to liberate the Falkland Islands, Santiago Rivas explains how the opposing air arms first got eyeball-to-eyeball.

Vulcan Force
Bob Dunn was at Waddington to witness the departure of Falklands-bound Avro Vulcan bombers.

FlyPast Spotlight
Republic F-105 Thunderchief

Origin and History
A look back at the history of the F-105.

Contemporaries Compared
We compare the Thunderchief to two other jets of the day.

Men Behind the F-105
Warren E Thompson talks to four pilots who flew the mighty ‘Thud’ into action.

F-105 in Profile
Pete West artwork of a Thunderchief that served in Vietnam.

Inside the Thunderchief
Cutaway artwork of an F-105D.

In Combat
Warren E Thompson describes how the two-seater version became a hard hitter in Vietnam.

Warriors
The Republic F-105 caught on camera.

WIN! Flying Legends tickets
Your chance to win tickets to Duxford’s premier summer show

WIN! Waddington family passes
Win one of five family passes to this year’s Waddington International Airshow

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