Aeroplane Monthly - February 2016

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Two-seat Buchón UK-bound
• Midair Squadron goes under
• Avro Heritage Museum opened
• Old Rhinebeck NYP replica flies
• P-51 Miss Helen changes hands
• Wigram museum Oxford readied
• ‘Betty’ leaves Chino
• HARS restores Fokker F.VII replica
… and the month’s other top aircraft preservation news

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

REGULARS

Q
Your questions asked and answered

SKYWRITERS

HOOKS’ TOURS
More colour images from Mike Hooks’ remarkable collection — this month’s subject is the Saab Safir

BOOKS

FEATURES

FLYCATCHERS ABROAD
The Royal Navy’s Fairey Flycatchers helped respond to heightened tensions around the Empire and areas of British interest

BARRACUDAS IN THE PACIFIC
As WW2 ended, two new Royal Navy light fleet carriers were going to war, with Fairey Barracudas on board

PACIFIC FLEET GROUNDCREW
Fleet Air Arm aeroplanes serving with the British Pacific Fleet found their way to some demanding locations, as a former engineer recalls

806 SQUADRON AEROBATIC TEAM
The Fleet Air Arm’s 1948 showstoppers across ‘the Pond’

FLYING THE BUCCANEER S1
Former 800 Squadron pilot Andrew Gleadow on how he came to master the Gyron-engined ‘Bucc’

FLY NAVY HERITAGE TRUST
Helping recall the Fleet Air Arm’s past in the modern era

CONCORDE INTO SERVICE
The path to Concorde’s service entry was not an easy one. Forty years ago, it reached its conclusion

TEXAS FLYING LEGENDS
An outstanding warbird collection in the ‘Lone Star State’

‘AIR APACHES’ B-25s
Pacific theatre B-25 Mitchells that packed a particular punch

AEROPLANE MEETS… PAUL BONHOMME
Britain’s three-time Red Bull Air Race world champion is also one of his generation’s foremost warbird pilots

DATABASE: MITSUBISHI J2M RAIDEN
Tony Holmes details a fighter that couldn’t turn the tide for the Imperial Japanese Navy

UBISHI 110 JIMMY MELROSE
Outside his own country, Australian flyer Charles James ‘Jimmy’ Melrose is largely forgotten, and the cause of his death often mis-reported