Aeroplane Monthly - January 2014

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A GENUINE BODNEY “BLUE NOSER”
Richard Paver profiles P-51D Mustang 44-72216 Miss Helen and the 352nd Fighter Group

CAPTAIN C.R. PITHEY DFC & BAR
Norman Franks describes how, following the Armistice, luck just ran out for another experienced and decorated British airman

A WHIRLWIND WAR
Tony Harmsworth spoke to wartime Whirlwind pilot Flt Sgt George Wood about flying this single seat, twin-engined fighter in action

THE AIRCRAFT OF J. SAMUEL WHITE & CO
Pete London describes how a shipbuilding company turned its hand to designing and constructing aircraft between 1912 and 1919

RUNNING THE GAUNTLET
Luigino Caliaro visited Finland to see the world’s only Gloster Gauntlet which is kept in airworthy condition established 1911

TEMORA AVIATION MUSEUM
Jarrod Cotter went on “walkabout” to see this amazing collection of airworthy aircraft in the Riverina region of NSW

ENGINE TEST FACILITY – THE OLD SITE
Malcolm Pembery continues his series of articles about the National Gas Turbine Establishment at Pyestock. This second feature describes how the Engine Test Facility came into being and outlines its fledgling years and break away from Farnborough, along with the initial buildings and the ethos behind it being subtly changed to allow full engine testing

WARBIRDS DOWNUNDER
Jarrod Cotter reports from Australia’s biggest warbird gathering at Temora

LATÉCOÈRE 631
This month’s Airliner Archive profiles an elegant looking flying-boat, but one which proved unreliable and uneconomical and was operated with little success between 1945 and 1950

FAIREY FLYCATCHER
The very first single-seat shipboard fighter to achieve operational status during the post-First World War period, the Flycatcher proved to be an outstanding aircraft that helped to protect the Fleet into the 1930s. Bill Harrison describes in detail an aircraft compared to the Sopwith Pup for its docility and the Sopwith Camel for its excellent responsive manoeuvrability

NEWS
All the latest preservation news, compiled by Tony Harmsworth

SKYWRITERS
A reader’s letter, plus Air Test and Aeronautical Amusement

BOOK REVIEWS

EVENTS
Event listings for December 2012

FLYING VISIT
Richard Piper, who displays his Harvard, Ryan PT-22, T-28 Fennec and also a Junkers CL.1 replica in the Great War Display Team, recently spoke to Gareth Stringer about his aviation career

Register Review
Mike Hooks presents our column on registration news

Aircrew – AIR-TO-AIR PHOTOGRAPHER
James Kightly takes a look at the work of those who capture stunning images of aircraft in their intended environment. Illustration by Ian Bott

COMPETITION
Win one of three 1:200 scale die-cast Concorde models worth over £70 each!

Q
Your questions asked, and answered, with Mike Hooks

SERVICES AND NEXT MONTH IN AEROPLANE

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