Classic Aircraft - August 2011

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EVENTS in association with AIRFIX
News, dates and action — Aircraft’s coverage of the worldwide air events scene, including reviews from the Cotswold Airshow, La Ferté Alais, Pardubice and Zeltweg

NEW FEATURE!
DAVID HALFORD’S DISPATCHES
In a new regular column, our much-travelled contributor David Halford reflects on the month’s events and unusual aspects of aviation history

AIR MAIL in association with CORGI
Win a Corgi model for our Letter of the Month!

HINDSIGHT
Historical reflections from Bruce Hales-Dutton in Aircraft’s opinion column

FLIGHT BAG
Reviews of the latest aviation-related products for the discerning enthusiast

FEATURES

RESTORING A FORTRESS
The Imperial War Museum embarks on the major task of returning its B-17 Flying Fortress to pristine condition

SAVING SALLY B
Insights into the pressures of operating what is now Europe’s sole airworthy B-17 — and how you can help

WE’LL MEET AGAIN
That was the familiar refrain at the Great Warbirds Air Display — but, alas, all good things had to come to an end

BACK TO BLACK
Of all the RAF’s Hunter aerobatic teams, the Black Arrows achieved the most legendary status — thanks not least to that famous 22-aircraft Farnborough loop

‘FOXY LADY’ IS BACK
The long-awaited return to the display circuit, with a new pilot, of the glorious classic jet that is Sea Vixen XP924

NUCLEAR ‘HUNS’
Had the Cold War gone nuclear, the F-100 Super Sabres of the USAF’s 20th Tactical Fighter Wing would have been amongst the first assets tasked with taking the atomic conflict to the Warsaw Pact

PRECIOUS METAL
Warbirds come neither more polished, nor more original, than Howard Keck’s gorgeous A-26C Invader

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
British Airtours was an unusual marriage of flag carrier and holiday charter operator. But was it a success?

RANCH HAND
C-123 Provider transports found themselves in harm’s way during the Vietnam conflict while undertaking what became a controversial mission — the defoliation of swathes of North Vietnamese jungle

THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST
Swingeing, far-reaching, ill-conceived defence cuts are nothing new for the UK. 1990’s Options for Change review set the tone in decimating the post-Cold War RAF