Aeroplane Monthly - December 2016

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Australian Hurricane airborne
• Lottery grant for RAF Museum … 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 images from Mike Hooks’ outstanding collection. This month, an Alaskan selection

EVENTS
Coverage from another tremendous Shuttleworth Race Day

BOOKS

FEATURES

NIMROD AEW3
Thirty years ago, one of the worst British military aircraft procurements was canned — and not before time

SHACKLETON’S FINAL YEARS
When the Nimrod AEW was cancelled, the Avro legend had no option but to soldier on

ITALIAN LONG-DISTANCE FLIGHTS
Demonstrating the supposed strength of Mussolini’s air force

‘GRID’ CALDWELL
A New Zealander who became a notable First WorldWar ace

‘FLYING TIGERS’ REUNION
P-40s and veterans gather to salute the American Volunteer Group

FAIREY FULMAR
The first — and last — example of the Fleet Air Arm fighter

AVRO ON HELVELLYN
How a humble Avro Gosport and two intrepid aviators performed a risky aeronautical feat

AEROPLANE MEETS… MAGGIE APPLETON
Marking the service’s centenary is the major challenge for the chief executive of the RAF Museum

RIMOWA JUNKERS F 13
The new-build version of the famous German airliner

DATABASE: SHORTS BELFAST
Bruce Hales-Dutton provides an in-depth profile of the big British airlifter, in both military and civil service