Aeroplane Monthly - September 2015

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• IWM receives Spitfire Ia
• Sopwith Snipe and Albatros D.Va fly at Old Warden
• Bristol Scout replica airborne
• ‘Lottery win’ for Mosquito prototype
• RNHF Swordfish I returns to flight
• Seafire III flies
• ‘V formation’ at Yeovilton
• Junkers F 13 replica unveiled
• Midair not displaying in 2015
…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

EVENTS
Including reports from Flying Legends, Cosford and Shuttleworth

BOOKS

BATTLE OF BRITAIN 75
Saluting the events of summer 1940

AIRCREW: RAF FIGHTER PILOT TRAINING
How ‘the Few’ were schooled in flying and fighting

‘JUMBO’ GRACIE
A Hurricane hero out of the ordinary

JG 26 IN THE BATTLE
A German perspective on the ‘Luftschlacht um England’

FLEET AIR ARM
How the Royal Navy provided pilots and aircraft to Fighter Command

HURRICANE R4118’S ‘BLUE-ON-BLUE’
A hitherto unknown incident in the life of a famous survivor

FIGHTER COMMAND GLADIATORS
Biplane warplanes in the Battle

RADAR TRIALS
Perfecting the technology that helped win the air war over Britain

FLYING THE SPITFIRE Ia
A pilot’s perspective from Dave ‘Rats’ Ratcliffe

FEATURES

1930 PRIVATE OWNERS
An insight into a ‘golden era’


ISLANDER AT 50
Britten-Norman’s masterpiece notches up its half-century

HUNTER FERRY
Just one chapter of Rod Dean’s tremendous flying career

ROBERT ALEXANDER LITTLE
The WW1 Royal Naval Air Service ace — ‘a knightly adversary’

DATABASE: AW ARGOSY
Denis J. Calvert describes the postwar Armstrong Whitworth airlifter

MORANE-SAULNIER MS317
Tony Whitehead’s magnificent restoration of a Morane ‘parasol’