Aeroplane Monthly - May 2016

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BRITISH JETS 75
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the first flight of a British jet-powered aircraft

SIR FRANK WHITTLE
Archive interviews with the man himself and some key associates recall the Power Jets saga — and we hear from Sir Frank’s son Ian about life with this remarkable figure

METROVICK
The forgotten pioneers of the British jet story, Metropolitan Vickers

JET DEFLECTION METEOR
One of the most unusual of many Meteor testbeds

VC10 ROUTE-PROVING
BOAC’s early test operations with its new flagship to far-off lands

FLYING THE JAVELIN
An RAF ‘first-tourist’s’ impressions of the Gloster all-weather fighter

COMET CIRCUMNAVIGATION
Going round the world in the Defence Research Agency’s Comet 4 XV814

FEATURES

EAST FORTUNE
Amajor revamp for Scotland’s National Museum of Flight

‘THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX’
New perspectives on the making of this cinematic classic, 50 years on

DEFIANT DOGFIGHT
A nocturnal combat over Birmingham that had tragic consequences

AEROPLANE MEETS… HENRY LABOUCHERE
Adventures with a great stalwart of the British vintage aeroplane scene

DATABASE: BRISTOL BOXKITE
James Kightly details one of Britain’s most famous ‘pioneer’ aircraft

FIAT G59
Italy’s most potent flying warbird

‘ALDY’ ALDINGTON AND THE 108
A number of Messerschmitt Bf 108s passed through the hands of this businessman and racing driver

NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Spitfire G-AIDN airborne
• Eisenhower’s ‘Connie’ flies again
• Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar moves
• TVAL unveils BE12 reproduction
• American Air Museum re-opens … 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
How Imperial Japanese Navy pilots got the most out of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen fighter

EVENTS

BOOKS