Aeroplane Monthly - December 2015

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Vulcan bows out with tour
• BBMF Lancaster back in the air
• Instructional Spitfire for Indian
Air Force Vintage Flight
• Hurricane R4118 sold
• MOSI to lose aircraft hall
… 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

HOOKS’ TOURS
More superb colour photos from Mike Hooks’ personal archive

EVENTS
Reports from Shuttleworth, Nîmes-Garons and Church Fenton

BOOKS

BATTLE OF BRITAIN 75
Concluding Aeroplane’s Battle of Britain coverage with reflections on tributes present and past

BATTLE OF BRITAIN DAY AT GOODWOOD
The largest gathering of Hurricanes and Spitfires in the modern era

DUXFORD’S BIG SHOW
A memorable weekend at the former No 12 Group base

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Recalling the main commemorative events of 25 years ago

FEATURES

RADLEY ENGLAND WATERPLANE
An interesting concept, but not one destined for success

HAMPDEN PATROL
Unlikely RAF ‘night fighters’ during the Blitz

P-51 SIERRA SUE II
A combat veteran Mustang returned to factory-fresh standard

‘THE SHARK’
Another very fine P-51 — the UK’s shark-mouthed example

AEROPLANE MEETS… MARK MILLER
Lunch with a lifelong de Havilland aficionado and expert

HIGHEST-TIME DC-3
The Douglas classic with more hours than any other example

LUFTWAFFE FIAT G91s
A useful light attack, recce and training jet for Cold War West Germany

DATABASE: DOUGLAS DC-3 CIVIL VARIANTS
Bruce Hales-Dutton salutes the DC-3’s 80th anniversary by outlining the type’s enduring legend