Classic Aircraft - March 2012
TALES OF THE TRIDENT
The aircraft may not have been a sales success, but what affection the Hawker Siddeley Trident still engenders! To celebrate its 50th anniversary, we hear from some of those who flew the ‘Ground Gripper’
LOOK… NO HANDS!
When BEA made the first fully-automatic ‘blind’ landing of an in-service Trident in June 1965, it was the culmination of decades-long efforts to solve the problem of how to operate aircraft in the worst visibility
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Channel Airways was an important name in the Trident’s story — it was the first independent airline to operate the British tri-jet. Alas, this couldn’t stop it being another casualty of a tough era
Just three F2G Super Corsairs survive. Of these, two are airworthy, sensational restorations both. Classic Aircraft went air-to-air with these famous former air racers
Life flying the Gnat and Hunter as an instructor on No 4 Flying Training School in the 1970s was
THE PRIDE OF ITALY
It was on the agile little Fiat G91 that Italy’s Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team truly gained worldwide fame, a time recalled fondly by former Frecce pilots
Popularly known as the ‘Peashooter’, the Boeing P-26 was truly a pioneering design when it first appeared 80 years ago. Today, only Planes of Fame’s example of the pursuit fighter survives in flying condition
RED STARS RISING: YAK-3 AND YAK-9
A mixture of new-builds and conversions, the Yak-3s and Yak-9s today airworthy the world over are much sought-after, and beloved by owners and pilots
A LIFE IN THE AIR
Restoring and flying historic aircraft, contesting aerobatic competitions, performing in front of the movie cameras or much else besides — Tony Bianchi has done it all, and more
Seven pages of top stories from the aircraft preservation scene
• Warning Star’s last flight?
• Phantom for Wattisham museum
• Team Viper disbanded
• Airworthy Albatros replica arrives at Oberschleissheim
...and much more!
Win a Corgi model for our Letter of the Month!
Historical reflections from Bruce Hales-Dutton in Classic 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
Reviews of the latest aviationrelated products for the discerning enthusiast