Aeroplane Monthly - December 2014

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FEATURES

SWISS MUSTANG
To help mark the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force, P-51D Mustang D-FPSI gained a very special scheme, as Richard Paver reveals.

MORANE SAULNIER MS 406
Continuing our Swiss special theme, Luigino Caliaro discusses Daniel Koblet's unique Morane 406

SHUTTLEWORTH FINALE
The British airshow season went out in style with an event to remember - as Steve Bridgewater reports.

SPECIAL K
Warren E Thompson examines the Douglas B-26K Invader and its use in special operations in the skies over Southeast Asia

VIVA LAS VEGA 
The first aircraft built by Lockheed Aircraft Company went on to have a colourful career. Richard Vandermeulen reviews the world's only airworthy Vega as it returns to flight.

ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH APOLLO
The 1943 Brabazon Committee spawned a number of airliners. Sebastian morgan looks at one of the less successful.

IT'S THE PITTS!
As the charismatic Pitts Special marks its 70th anniversary, Steve Bridgewater looks back at the aeroplane that defined aerobatics for generations.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES 2014
Scott Germain reports from Stead Field, Reno, Nevada where the 51st National Championship Air Races provided plenty of excitement

THE BAC TWO-ELEVEN
The post-war British civil aviation industry is littered with 'what ifs'. But one you might not have heard of is the BAC Two-Eleven, an aircraft that could have returned the industry to its former glory. Richard Payne asks the question, 'What if...?'

RACING COBRA
Doug Fisher presents the fascinating history of Bell P-39Q Airacobra NX92848, the successful Cleveland Air Racer that was tragically lost in a fatal accident in 1968 during its first test flight after extensive modifications for an attempt to break the world speed record.

DATABASE -  AVRO LANCASTER II
At a time when Britain's production of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine was seen as most vulnerable to aerial bombing, an alternative powerplant, in the shape of the Bristol Hercules was installed in the RAF's latest four-engined 'heavy', the Avro Lancaster. Martyn Chorlton presents the story of the Lancaster Mk II

REGULARS

NEWS
All the latest preservation news, complied by Tony Harmsworth

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

NEWS EXTRA
Richard Freail reports from Yeovilton, where the world's only airworthy de Havilland Sea Vixen has been gifted to the Fly Navy Heritage Trust.

CUTAWAY CLASSICS - DE HAVILLAND DOVE
Continuing our new series exploring the mass of cutaway drawings held in The Aeroplane archive, we turn our attention towards the de Havilland Dove and Devon.

Q& A
Your questions asked, and answered, with Mike Hooks

PRESERVATION PROFILE
The Classic Air Force's Avro Anson C.21 is a rare survivor from the 11,000-plus 'Annies' built between 1935 and 1952. Steve Bridgewater tells its story

FROM THE ARCHIVES
The News Of The Week section in the December 22, 1944 issue of The Aeroplane had considerable Consolidated content including a record - breaking flight over the Tasman Sea by an Empire Air Services Liberator

BOOKS
A selection of the latest books reviewed

EVENTS
Events listing for November 2014

MY LUCKY ESCAPE
This month's 'My Lucky Escape' was provided by Thelma-Joyce Sherburn, in memory of her late husband Jack Sherburn DFC, and tells of deadsticking a Canberra from 40,000ft!

SKY WRITERS

FLYING VISIT
This month Gareth Stringer speaks to Ian Black, the last RAF pilot to convert on to the Lightning