Classic Aircraft - January 2012

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FEATURES

A new series looking each month at a type notably active on today’s warbird scene, and including perspectives from pilots and owners as well as interesting background history. The first subject is that massive Douglas masterpiece, the Skyraider

‘RAIDER’ FROM THE COCKPIT
Rod Dean’s impressions of flying and displaying Kennet Aviation’s mighty AD-4NA

THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Were it not for French use of the Skyraider, there would probably not be so many still flying today

BRITAIN’S CANCELLED BOMBER KILLER
F155T — not an aircraft, but a specification, and one that seemingly promised much for the future of the RAF’s Cold War fighter force before being cancelled

FROM LIGHTNING TO TORNADO
It was a dramatic transformation for the RAF’s fighter force when the Lightning gave way to the Tornado ADV

FIGHTER OF THE FUTURE
Its first test pilot Dave Eagles remembers well the BAe EAP, the highly advanced aircraft that helped give birth to the Eurofighter Typhoon

VOICES OF 19
The disbandment of No 19 Squadron sees the end of an RAF fighter unit more famous than most — a history recounted here through the words of some who flew with it

AHEAD OF THEIR TIME
The dream of STOL medium airlift, as exemplified by the remarkable YC-14 and YC-15 prototypes of the 1970s, would remain just that — a dream. But both contributed to the excellent C-17

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
British Island Airways was the product of one bout of airline consolidation. Following another, it disappeared — but only temporarily

ITALIAN THUNDER
The F-84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash were mainstays of the Italian Air Force during the Cold War. We recall their lengthy service history, accompanied by stunning archive colour photography

REGULARS

NEWS
Seven pages of top stories from the aircraft preservation scene
•Canberra PR9 being restored to fly in UK
•Lyneham’s Comet to be saved
•Dornier Do24ATT airborne again
•MeierMotors starts Sea Fury and
Buchon restorations ...and much more!

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

DAVID HALFORD’S DISPATCHES
Our much-travelled contributor David Halford reflects on his 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