Classic Aircraft - July 2011

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FEATURES

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SWIFT
Supermarine’s only RAF jet fighter is still almost universally maligned, but, says former Swift pilot Nigel Walpole, its critics tell only part of the story

HISTORIC DUXFORD
A new Imperial War Museum project aims to shed new light on the famous airfield’s history

DUXFORD’S JET AGE
RAF Duxford closed as a fighter station 50 years ago this year. We recall its days as a Meteor, Hunter and Javelin base

NEW LIFE FOR DUXFORD
What to do with a famous old airfield? How about turning it into a prison, an HGV driving school, a sports centre… or maybe a museum?

LEGENDS OF TFC
From a single Mustang to a fleet unmatched in Europe — such has been the development of The Fighter Collection over the last 30 years

THE MASTERS OF MH434
It’s one of Duxford’s most famous airworthy Spitfires, and a distinguished combat veteran. How fitting that two of the greatest display pilots, Ray Hanna and Neil Williams, should both have flown MH434

WHEN THE CHIPMUNK WENT TO WAR
The de Havilland Canada Chipmunk was an unlikely warplane, but it proved invaluable on operations in Cyprus during the late 1950s

LIGHT FANTASTIC
The great airship heritage of Goodyear, and in particular the famous Europa

IN A FLAP
British ingenuity was behind the ‘jet flap’ concept, and the ungainly yet undeniably fascinating Hunting H126 research aircraft that tested it

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Britannia Airways helped pioneer the package holiday market, and did a lot more besides

FIGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION
During the 1973 coup that ended up bringing General Pinochet to power, the Chilean Air Force’s Hunters were heavily involved — but this wasn’t their only action

ALPINE HUNTERS
The Hunter’s Swiss Air Force service was lengthy and distinguished. In fact, it could be argued that it was the Swiss who unlocked the Hawker fighter’s full potential