Aeroplane Monthly - July 2015

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Washington flypast a success
• TFC’s Curtiss P-36C flies
… and the month’s other top aircraft preservation news

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

REGULARS

SKYWRITERS

Q
Your questions asked and answered

AIRCREW
The work of a British military fast jet test pilot

EVENTS

BOOKS

German JETS: An Aeroplane Special

Ar 234 VERSUS P-47
How a USAAF P-47 pilot got the Allies’ hands on their first Arado Ar 234

RECONNAISSANCE Me 262s
Last-ditch photo-recce operations by Luftwaffe Me 262s in the closing days of World War Two

‘WINKLE’ BROWN’S IMPRESSIONS
Eminent test pilot Eric Brown recalls his experiences of the wartime German jets, as well as the rocketpowered Me 163

THE MODERN ‘STORMBIRD’
A German pilot’s views of the Military Aviation Museum’s ‘new-build’ Me 262

DORNIER Do 31
Memories of post-war West Germany’s revolutionary jet V/STOL transport

FEATURES

BODNEY ‘BLUE-NOSER’
Air-to-air with P-51D Moonbeam McSwine — and a visit to what remains of the original’s base

ANTARCTIC LINCOLNS
Argentine Air Force Avro Lincolns explored the ‘end of the world’

DESOUTTER MONOPLANES
Delightful to fly, the Desoutter aircraft failed to achieve Moth-like levels of sales success

STOW MARIES
The history of the revived First World War airfield, and its modern re-birth

AEROPLANE MEETS… CLIFF SPINK
From a distinguished service career, this retired senior RAF officer turned to warbirds with aplomb

KEW GARDENS AND WORLD WAR ONE AIRCRAFT
The little-known roles of the Royal Botanic Gardens in First World War aviation

DATABASE: SHORT EMPIRE BOATS
Pete London on the history and service of these inter-war icons of Imperial Airways

BRUNNER-WINKLE BIRD
A number of these American inter-war biplanes fly on