Aeroplane Monthly - July 2016

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Canberra WK163 to fly again
• Hurricanes change hands
• CAF PBJ-1J post-restoration flight … 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
Being a gunner on an RAF Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber was a risky business

EVENTS
A report from La Ferté Alais and previews of the big summer shows

BOOKS

WARBIRD SPECIAL

SPENCER FLACK
Remembering the late warbird owner/pilot and his famed ‘Elstree Air Force’

DUXFORD CLASSIC FIGHTER SHOWS
A retrospective on some much-loved warbird displays

FLYING LEGENDS BALBO
Planning and flying a spectacular Duxford showpiece

MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM Bf 109G
Exclusive first air-to-airs of Jerry Yagen’s ‘Gustav’

KIWI CATALINA
The return to flight of New Zealand’s only airworthy PBY

HURRICANE HERITAGE
James Brown, the new owner of Hurricane I R4118, on buying this Battle of Britain veteran and his plans for operating it

MIKAEL CARLSON
The Swedish craftsman and pilot truly evokes the pioneer age

SKYBLAZERS SABRE
An airworthy F-86 recalls the US Air Forces in Europe aerobatic team — PLUS! A look back at the Skyblazers’ glory days

FEATURES

BLACK WIDOWS OVER EUROPE
P-61s fighting by night and day during the Allied advance

DATABASE: THE MOTH’S RIVALS
Mike Hooks describes the DH60’s four main competitors: the Blackburn Bluebird, Simmonds Spartan/Spartan Arrow, Robinson Redwing and Avro Avian

VAK 191
The history of West Germany’s VTOL strike aircraft programme