Classic Aircraft - April 2012

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FREE 2012 Museum Guide

FALKLANDS SALUTE

SOUTH ATLANTIC DEFENDERS
The presence of RAF Phantom FGR2s first on Ascension and then the Falkland Islands themselves
provided a potent air defence capability — and some memorable flying for their crews

HERCULEAN TASKS
The Argentine Air Force’s C-130 operations were some of the most daring of the Falklands War

FEATURES

‘RED TAILS’
Lucasfilm’s new blockbuster ‘Red Tails’, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, has received a mixed reception. Now we review the movie, and hear insights from some of those involved in the filming

INTO THE RED
As scarlet-painted fast target tugs, a number of mighty Hawker Sea Furies enjoyed a new lease of life in West Germany

OXFORD LIGHT BLUES
Front-line light bomber squadrons, wartime Operational Training Units, transport workhorses, Royal visits and  much more — the former RAF Abingdon has seen much over its 80 years

IRAQI HUNTERS AT WAR
In a forgotten corner of the former Habbaniyah air base in central Iraq there lies the abandoned  wreck of the only Hunter ever to have scored two confirmed kills. This is the story of this aircraft and its brethren in combat

THE PERSONAL TOUCH
No other company in Britain can boast so many years in historic aircraft restoration and operation,
movie flying and much else besides as Personal Plane Services

DOOMED DOMINATOR
The Convair B-32 could have relegated the B-29 to the fringes of history — had it been any good PLUS! Win new ‘American Bomber Aircraft Development in World War 2’ book

OCEAN LINERS
For some 20 years the flying boat was the airliner ‘queen of the skies’. So why did it fall from grace?

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
With the tide of technology running against it, Britain’s Aquila Airways kept the flying boat in the air for 10 years in the post-war period

REGULARS

NEWS
Seven pages of top stories from the aircraft preservation scene
• Classic Aircraft Trust founded
• Nimrod saved at Kinloss
• Flying Legends collision report published
• Shuttleworth’s Wildcat arrives
• ‘Flying Pancake’ restored
... and much more!

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

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

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

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