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February 2012

Features

Fly Navy
Lee Howard celebrates the fourth decade of a national institution – the Royal Navy Historic Flight.

Remembering the Neptune
Two pilots talk to Tony Fairbairn about their days flying the Lockheed Neptune with Coastal Command.

Duxford’s ‘Miss Pick Up’
Rachel Morris tells the story behind the Catalina’s new nose art.

Training at Hamble
Nick Stroud traces the history of the Air Service Training organisation.

Hawker ‘Horrible’
Peter Green and Andrew Thomas chart the Hawker Audax’s time in India.

Regulars

The Way We Were
Our series on RAF unit heritage turns to 19 Squadron, which flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain.

Airshow
We visit Duxford’s final show of 2011 and a warbird spectacular in Texas.

Glory Days
Bert Wells served as a mechanic during World War One. Pete Howard presents memories from Bert’s days in occupied Germany.

From The Workshop – Avro Vulcan
Steve Beebee checks up on the winter maintenance programme for Avro Vulcan XH558.

Museum – Ulster Aviation Collection
Ken Ellis visits Ireland’s largest aviation heritage collection.

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

Finals
Shuttleworth’s ‘Lizzy’ in action, plus the Next Month panel.


News
B-24 ‘Diamond Lil’ makes a comeback
Yak sets new speed record
Shuttleworth Comet to fly
Tornado gate guard
National Memorial to ‘The Few’
Blériot replica flies

FlyPast Spotlight
North American B-25 Mitchell

Origin and History
A look back at the history of the famous twin-engined bomber.

Contemporaries Compared
We compare the B-25 to two similar US bombers.

Men Behind the Mitchell
Michael O’Leary talks to combat veterans who took the B-25 into battle.

B-25 Mitchell in Profile
Pete West artwork of a Mitchell II that flew with the RAF’s 180 Squadron.

Inside the Mitchell
Cutaway artwork of a B-25 Mitchell.

In Combat
Perry Berg survived a mid-air collision and two ditchings – all in the space of a month.

Warriors
Rare colour photos of Mitchells under construction and in operational service.


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