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November 2011

FEATURES

Snowbird Over the Mountains
During August Legend Flyers flew its third new-build Me 262. Jim Larsen reports from Washington State.

Vimy Tribute
Peter McBride describes the epic journeys undertaken by a Vickers Vimy replica.

Biggin’s Spitfire ‘Time Machine’
Rachel Morris and John Dibbs take an exclusive look at a remarkable Spitfire project under way at Biggin Hill.

Canadian Sabres
Alistair Goodrum tells how the RCAF deployed F-86 Sabres to the UK to boost air defence during the ‘Cold War’.

Delta Dream
Vulcan To The Sky boss Robert Pleming reveals major plans for Avro Vulcan B.2 XH558 in 2012.

REGULARS

The Way We Were
Our series on RAF unit heritage looks at 202 Squadron, which has flown in maritime-related roles for almost a century.

Museums – Kbely, Czech Republic
Mike Easton reports on changes at the Czech Republic’s Aviation Museum at Kbely, near Prague.

Glory Days
Andy Thomas presents a portfolio of US Air National Guard types.

Airshow
In a busy month for UK airshows, we visit events at Duxford, East Kirkby, Shoreham, and Rougham.

What’s New
A selection of new books, prints and other products receive the FlyPast verdict.

Airfields – Norfolk
Ken Ellis takes a cruise around the gems that surround the former jet base at Coltishall.

FlyPost and ‘Ops’ Board
Another bumper bag of readers’ letters and comments, plus dates for your diary.

Finals
We bring this issue to a close by zooming in on a hardworking Havard warbird in Canada.


SPOTLIGHT - DOUGLAS DAKOTA

Origin and History
Michael O’Leary looks back at the beginnings of this remarkably long-lived workhorse of the skies.

Contemporaries Compared
We compare the C-47 Skytrain to two other transport aircraft of World War Two.

Men Behind the C-47
Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork profiles two exceptional RAF transport pilots who went unarmed into harm’s way.

C-47 in Profile
Pete West artwork of a surviving C-47B Skytrain, formerly in service with the Royal Australian Air Force.

Inside the Dakota
Cutaway artwork of a Douglas Dakota IV.

In Combat
Michael O’Leary looks at the C-47’s long military career.

Picture File
A photographic portfolio of the Dakota in war and in peace.


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