Classic Aircraft - November 2011

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FEATURES

A VERY BRITISH HERO
A personal tribute by François Prins to Peter Twiss, the record-breaking British test pilot who died at the end of August

LONG LIVE THE ‘HUN’
Air-to-air with Dean Cutshall’s gorgeous F-100F Super Sabre, one of only two ‘Huns’ airworthy in civilian hands

STAR OF SWITZERLAND
Breitling Super Constellation pilot Ernst Frei tells the story of this sumptuous propliner, recently returned to flight once more after a corrosion scare

MEMORIAL DAYS
You may not have heard of the Memorial Flight Association, but its work in restoring vintage aircraft and building accurate replicas is amongst the finest in the world

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S AIRPLANES
US Presidential air travel has moved on a lot since Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first holder of the office to take to the air

VIKING VAMPIRES
The Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron’s Vampires have been amongst the stars of the 2011 airshow circuit. We hear from pilot Kenneth Aarkvisla about flying the classic de Havilland jet

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Go was British Airways’ low-cost subsidiary — not a concept many seemed to think would work. But work, even in its short life, it did

FIGHTER PILOT HEAVEN
Take Hunters, Jaguars, superb weather and almost complete freedom of the skies, and you have life in the Sultan of Oman’s Air Force in the early 1980s. Rod Dean recalls a highlight of his career

REGULARS

NEWS
Nine pages of top stories from the aircraft preservation scene
1940 combat veteran Spitfire Ia flies again
• P-51 racer tragedy at Reno kills pilot and spectators
• Czech warbird scene gains Mustang and Sea Fury
• Catalinas return to Fermanagh
• Early Birds’ Fokker D.VII airborne
• Biggin’s Spitfire fleet grows

EVENTS
Aircraft’s coverage of the worldwide air events scene, including reviews from Goodwood, Sion, Duxford, Little Gransden, the Hahnweide and others

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

DAVID HALFORD’S DISPATCHES
Our much-travelled contributor David Halford reflects on recent assignments and unusual aspects of aviation history

AIR MAIL
Win a Corgi model for our Letter of the Month!

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