Aeroplane Monthly - April 2014

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Hello, and welcome to the April issue of Aeroplane. We’ve had such awful wet and dismal weather here in the UK for so many months that I hope the free 16-page pull-out Air Show 2014 supplement will give us all a boost as to what we have to look forward to in better weather to come!

I was lucky to attend Warbirds Downunder at the Temora Aviation Museum in Australia late last year, and it was a delight all round. Not only did I get to enjoy some glorious Australian “summer” weather, having somehow luckily managed to just get to Heathrow Airport escaping those terrible winds in the UK at that time (when the whole rail network appeared to be closed), but I was also offered the most amazing photo-shoot I have ever experienced. The results have been in evidence in the past few issues of Aeroplane, and this month the Lockheed Hudson features on the cover.

I would like to sincerely thank all the readers who have contacted me offering kind compliments on the pictures that have appeared. The credit goes to museum founder David Lowy AM who backed the sortie, Kenny Love and Sqn Ldr Paul Simmons who organised it, and the pilots and crew who fl ew the aircraft for us – and I’d like to thank them all. In case any of you wonder just how the pictures were taken, please see above! Along with Gavin Conroy, Rob Fox and myself shooting stills, the photo fl ight included Malcolm Clement shooting video footage for the air show’s official DVD (AU$35 plus postage from www.aviationmuseum.com.au) and Temora’s resident cameraman Keith Webb. Harnessed in to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s D.H.C. Caribou, this was not the easiest of assignments. I am seen at far right, sitting on the Caribou’s ramp with Temora’s Hudson flying directly behind us.