Aeroplane Monthly - February 2015

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Blenheim flies again
• Berlin Express P-51B airborne
• Lottery win for Filton … and the month’s other top aircraft preservation news

NEWS SPECIAL
The RAF Museum London opens its new World War One in the Air exhibition, and the latest on the Cosford Dornier project

HANGAR TALK
Steve Slater’s monthly comment column on the historic aircraft world

REGULARS

SKYWRITERS

Q
Your questions asked and answered

BOOKS
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FEATURES

POLISH SPITFIRE SALUTE
How Jacek Mainka became the first Polish-born pilot and Polish citizen to fly a Spitfire for nearly 70 years

FAIRCHILD 71
A classic inter-war airliner that recalls Pan Am’s pioneering days

PRESERVING POST-WAR CLASSICS
Four very different, but equally fascinating — and challenging — ways of preserving Britain’s post-war aviation heritage

BRITISH AIRLINER COLLECTION
Duxford Aviation Society’s array of commercial aircraft, now the most important collection of its kind on public view

SHACKLETON WR963
In a few years’ time, Coventry’s ‘Shack’ could be getting ready to grace the airshow circuit

MIDAIR SQUADRON
Looking back at the first full season of the newest operator on the UK’s classic jet scene

VULCAN XM655
Wellesbourne’s ‘tin triangle’ is a superb active survivor, but will its home airfield survive?

FINNISH WW2 ACES
Finland’s so-called ‘Fighter Knights’ more than showed their mettle during the Winter and Continuation Wars

AEROPLANE MEETS… JONATHON WHALEY
The ex-Fleet Air Arm pilot whose movie-making and historic aircraft display exploits are just part of a hugely varied flying life

DATABASE: DH60 MOTH
This remarkable de Havilland aircraft was the world’s first truly practical light aeroplane. Moth expert Stuart McKay tells its story

BRISTOL 188
First-hand insights into the stainless steel research aircraft, which wasn’t a complete waste of money after all