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February 2013

Features

USAAF Fighter Ace
Don Strait was the 356th Fighter Group’s ‘top gun’. He talked to Warren E Thompson about his time in the UK.

Flying the Mitchell
In the first of a new series written from a pilot’s perspective, Dave Unwin flies North American B-25J ‘Tondelayo’.

Early days at Cranwell
Alastair Goodrum looks at RAF Cranwell’s naval origins and the perils of preparing for operations.

Vulcan on Finals
With Avro Vulcan XH558 possibly about to enter its last display season, its owners reveal their plans to Steve Beebee.

In Focus
Steve Johnson explains how Richard Cooke pushed the boundaries of air-to-air photography.

Corsair and ‘Zero’
‘Moose’ Peterson profiles two of the ‘touring’ Texas Flying Legends.

FlyPast Spotlight - Supermarine Spitfire

Origin and History
A look at the history of the legendary British fighter.

Contemporaries Compared
We compare the Spitfire to two other Battle of Britain fighters.

Men Behind the Spitfire
Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork profiles three pilots who flew the Spitfire in World War Two.

Spitfire in Profile
Pete West artwork of a Spitfire Mk.V flown by ‘ace’ George Beurling in Malta.

Inside the Spitfire
Cutaway artwork of a Spitfire F.21.

In Combat
Andy Saunders looks at the Spitfire in action with 602 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.

Warriors
A portfolio of Spitfire images.

Regulars

Museums - Dallas
Luigino Caliaro goes stateside to sample the Cavanaugh Flight Museum.

Luftwaffe Album
Ernst Neubauer’s photographs provide superb insight into a medium bomber unit, as Chris Goss explains.

Manufacturers – Percival and Hunting
In his series on the post-war British aircraft industry, Ken Ellis turns to the company that created the Jet Provost.

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

From The Workshop
Yorkshire’s Jet Art Aviation is restoring a unique Supermarine Swift, along with numerous other jets.

Finals
English Electric Lightning F.6.

News

Burma Spitfire latest
‘Connie’ restoration complete
US Lightning progress
Jet Age Museum go-ahead
Cosford Hampden takes shape
Hellcat wreck discovered


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