Aeroplane Monthly - November 2014

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Features

THE MCDONNELL DOUGLAS F-4 PHANTOM II (USAF VARIANTS)
Amongst the most successful combat aircraft of all time, the F-4 Phantom II served the USAF operationally from 1962 to 1996. Peter Davies presents the amazing story of the F-4 Phantom in USAF service.

SPITFIRE FLIGHTS FOR ALL?
With some very important regulatory changes looming on the horizon, the Boultbee Flight Academy is gearing up for the day when it will be possible for non-pilots to buy rides in historic aircraft. Richard Paver reports from Goodwood

MACCHI’S RECORDBREAKING RED RACER
On the 70th anniversary of its World Speed Record, Luigino Caliaro looks at the beautiful Macchi M.C. 72 seaplane

SEVENTY YEARS OF FURY
Popular today as both a warbird and an air racer, the Hawker Sea Fury traces its history back 70 years to September 1, 1944 when the land-based Hawker Fury first took to the skies

SEA FURY FIELD OF DREAMS
Doug Fisher uses recently uncovered colour photographs to tell the story of ten surplus Royal Canadian Navy Hawker Sea Fury FB.11s

MOROCCAN MYSTERY
Doug Fisher looks at the brief and mysterious history of the Royal Moroccan Air Force’s four Hawker ISS Fury fighters

A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY YEAR
The 2014 airshow season has been memorable one for the Gnat Display Team, as Steve Bridgewater reveals

GRUMMAN’S FLYING BARREL
Grumman’s F3F was the last biplane fighter to be embarked on an American aircraft carrier and one of the final fighters of the US Navy to fl y in the vivacious colours that characterised American military aircraft at the end of the 1930s. Luigino Caliaro looks at a very special airworthy warbird

LEARJET LEGACY
Fifty years on from the delivery of the first Learjet Sebastian Morgan looks back at the iconic business jet’s first half a century

FLYING ‘VERA’
Concluding his coverage of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster, Doug Fisher speaks to the crews who maintain and fly FM213

EARTH ROUNDERS
Nowadays we take round the world air travel for granted, but just 90 years ago a team of United States Army Air Service pilots became the first to circumnavigate the globe. The trip took 175 days and covered 27,533 miles – as Steve Bridgewater explains

Regulars

NEWS
All the latest preservation news, compiled by Tony Harmsworth

HANGAR TALK
Steve Slater’s ‘insider’ comment on the historic aviation world

AIRCREW – HOW DO THEY DO THAT?
Author James Kightly and Illustrator Ian Bott explain how they turn thought into words, images and artwork

BATTLE HONOURS – 47 SQUADRON
‘Harassing the Italians out of East Africa.’ Martyn Chorlton investigates 47 Squadron’s Vickers Wellesley operations in East Africa in 1940-1941

PRESERVATION PROFILE
Richard Lake’s Hispano Buchón G-AWHE is now a familiar part of the British airshow ‘scene.’ Gary R Brown tells its story

CUTAWAY CLASSICS – DORNIER DO 335 PFEIL
In the first in a new series exploring the mass of cutaway drawings held in the Aeroplane archive, Steve Bridgewater turns his attention towards the unique Dornier Do 335 Pfeil

FROM THE ARCHIVES
On April 17, 1959, The Aeroplane published a special Missiles and Astronautics edition, and from the following issue the title was rebranded The Aeroplane and Astronautics. The November 13, 1959 magazine duly ran an in depth piece on North American X-15 rocketpowered research aircraft

Q
Your questions asked, and answered, with Mike Hooks

BOOKS
A selection of the latest books reviewed

EVENTS
Event listings for October 2014

FLYING VISIT
By way of an introduction to our new editor we asked him to complete our traditional Flying Visit questionnaire

NORFOLK PETREL
In the wilds of Norfolk the sole surviving Percival Q.6 Petrel is slowly being nursed back to airworthiness. Mike Shreeve reports

SKY WRITERS

HAIRY MOMENT
This month’s Hairy Moment was provided by Bruce Onkin, who suffered an ‘exciting’ engine failure in a heavily loaded Curtiss C-46 Commando