Classic Aircraft - December 2011

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FEATURES

MASTERING THE METEOR
Pilots such as Bob Large were in the vanguard of the RAF’s entry into the jet age. He recalls his experiences of the early Meteors

METEORIC RISE
Two superb Meteors now grace the British airshow circuit. Aircraft talked to Dan Griffith about flying the Air Atlantique Classic Flight’s familiar NF11 and newly-restored T7

‘STRINGBAG’ SURVIVOR
Air-to-air with Vintage Wings of Canada’s Swordfish, the survival of which, years after it was dumped on an Ontario farm, is remarkable

LIVES OF A ‘CAT’
From U-boat killer to aerial adventurer — the eventful existence of the Catalina Air Trust’s recently-restored PBY-5A has taken many a turn

‘CONNIES’ OVER HERE
Having served with carriers large and small, the Lockheed Constellation was a very significant aircraft for the UK airline industry

‘TORA! TORA! TORA!’
Seventy years after the Japanese strike on Pearl Harbor, the Commemorative Air Force continues to remember the ‘Day of Infamy’ in spectacular style

FIGHTING HAWK
The history of the Lewis Vintage Collection’s recently-restored P-40C Tomahawk, depicting a Pearl Harbor veteran

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
British Airways Helicopters went through some turbulent years, but its history was often pioneering, not least when its predecessor British European Airways inaugurated the world’s first scheduled helicopter service

TWO DAYS OF ROLLING THUNDER
In this exclusive extract from the new book ‘Two Days of Rolling Thunder’, former F-105 pilot Col Robert S. Deas describes the emotions felt by a newly-arrived pilot about to go to war in Vietnam

REGULARS

NEWS
Seven pages of top stories from the aircraft preservation scene Flying Heritage Collection’s Il-2 flies  in Russia • UK A-26 to France • Don Hansen’s Fw190 airborne • Major RAF Museum movements at Cosford and Hendon • Memphis Belle regains her wings... and much more!

EVENTS
Aircraft’s coverage of the worldwide air events scene, including end-of season reports from Duxford and Shuttleworth

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

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