Aeroplane Monthly - April 2015

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Lottery funding for Brooklands
• P-51 to join Boultbee operation
• Film star CASA back at Duxford
… and the month’s other top aircraft preservation news

NEWS SPECIAL
How self-administration could benefit the UK historic aircraft scene, as it has Australia’s

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

REGULARS

SKYWRITERS

Q
Your questions asked and answered

HOOKS’ TOURS
Images from Mike Hooks’ amazing collection. This month, the heyday of Spitfire gate guardians

BOOKS

NEXT MONTH

BOAC SPECIAL
Commemorating 75 years since the famous British flag carrier began operations

OVER THE HOSTILE OCEANS
The flying boats of newly-formed BOAC carried on plying a vital trade during wartime

BY NIGHT TO SWEDEN
Why the ‘ball bearing run’ between Scotland and Sweden is such a famous aspect of BOAC’s wartime history

LAST DAYS OF THE BIG BOATS
By the time hostilities ended, BOAC’s flying boats had not long left in the airline’s service

THE BOAC ENIGMA
Hugely forward-looking in some ways, stuck in the past in others, post-war BOAC was an airline of contradictions

FEATURES

LOCKHEED HARPOON
Air-to-air with PV-2 Attu Warrior, and a look at how the type struck at the northern parts of Japan’s empire

OPEL ROCKET AIRCRAFT
Pioneering rocket-powered flights with the RAK.1

HURRICANE MAIL FLIGHTS
Priority deliveries to the front line

BRITISH CLASSICS IN SPAIN
In preserving Spain’s aviation heritage, the Fundación Infante de Orleans has amassed a splendid collection of British vintage aircraft

AEROPLANE MEETS… DAN GRIFFITH
The seasoned test pilot with a huge range of flying experience, not least in historic aircraft

DATABASE: SUPERMARINE WALRUS
Pete London describes the multipurpose amphibian that performed so valiantly in WW2

HESTON PHOENIX
A hugely advanced British light aircraft that, nonetheless, couldn’t compete with the Americans