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January 2012

Features

Spitfire Down
Barry Marsden concludes his profile of Spitfire pilot John van Schaick, who was plucked to safety in a daring air-sea rescue.

Night Shoot
James Matthews headed off to a special evening photo shoot at the famous Battle of Britain station.

Mr Hunter
Brian Grant knows the Hawker Hunter better than anyone – he talked about some of his experiences to Hugh Trevor.

On the move
As part of its rebuilding process after Hurricane ‘Ike’, the Lone Star Flight Museum is planning to relocate its warbird fleet inland, as Nigel Price reports.

Two into Four
Michael O’Leary profiles Pacific Aero Ventures’ stunning good-as-new twin-seat TA-4J ‘Scooter’.


Regulars

Glory Days
Graham M Simons presents a portfolio of early USAAF helicopter operations.

For Valour
Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork details the career of VC recipient, David Lord.

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

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

From The Workshop – Phoenix Aero
Steve Beebee checks up on the restoration of two Hawker Hurricanes in Thruxton, Hants.

Airshow
A visit to the Shuttleworth Collection’s final show of 2011.


Supermarine and Vickers
Ken Ellis examines Vickers and its lasting legacy.

Finals
A glance back at a snowy Binbrook and its Lightning gate guard.

News
Me 262 arrives at new home
Duxford P-47 fires up
US Hellcat project
Cosford unveils Comper Swift
Avenger restored
‘Memphis Belle’ progress

Bomber Command – a 28-page tribute to the men and machines that made up the RAF’s bomber force in World War Two

Stirling Service
Tom Docherty charts the Short Stirling’s entry into service with 7 Squadron in 1940.

Inside the Lancaster
A photographic trip around the BBMF’s airworthy Avro Lancaster I.

To War in a Whitley
Sean Feast recounts Plt Off John Mitchell’s eventful tour with 58 Squadron and its Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys.

A Bomber Airfield
Ken Ellis details the history of RAF Hemswell in Lincolnshire.

Target Cologne
Lancaster tail gunner Dave Drury remembers a perilous raid on Germany.

FlyPast Spotlight
Bristol F.2b Fighter

Origin and History
A look back at the history of the legendary World War One fighter.

Contemporaries Compared
We compare the F.2b to two other Great War fighters.

Men Behind the ‘Brisfit’
Norman Franks profiles the men who made the F.2b a valuable weapon of war.

Inside the Bristol F.2
Cutaway artwork of a Bristol F.2b.

Bristol F.2 in Profile
Pete West’s artwork of a 48 Squadron F.2b that was based in India.

In Combat
Norman Franks looks at the top-scorers who flew the game-changing ‘Brisfit’.

Warriors
Images of the few Bristol Fighters that survive today.

WIN! Haynes Dam Busters Manuals.


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