Classic Aircraft - May 2012

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BAPTISM OF FIRE
It was with a very British fighter, the Spitfire Vb, that the US 8th Air Force began fighter operations from UK shores

HELL OVER HAMBURG
Bombing a heavily defended German city like Hamburg in broad daylight was hazardous enough, but there were other risks, too, for the likes of the 100th Bomb Group and its B-17s

‘JUG’ JOCKEYS
A selection of veteran pilots recall going to war with the 8th Air Force’s P-47 Thunderbolts

MUSTANGS ON THE RAMPAGE
Spending just a year with the 8th Air Force, the 339th Fighter Group and its P-51 Mustangs went straight into the thick of the European theatre action

TORNADO FORCE
The B-45A and RB-45C Tornados of the 47th Bomb Wing’s units at RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk, were amongst the more enigmatic USAF assets stationed on British soil

SABRE DOGS OF WAR
The rocket-armed F-86D Sabre was a very unusual interceptor flown by just one UK based USAF wing. In fact, for a time it was too much for the RAF to handle

GATEWAY TO THE UNITED KINGDOM
RAF Mildenhall’s tireless role as the USAF’s airlift hub in Britain, one that continues to this day

TARGET: IRAQ
Just as it had in previous conflicts, RAF Fairford found itself launching combat operations when Operation ‘Iraqi Freedom’ began in 2003, as B-52s delivered ‘shock and awe’ to Baghdad

DEFENDERS OF LIBERTY
From F-100 through F-4 and F-111F to F-15, the 48th Fighter Wing, as it now is, has always found itself at the tip of USAFE’s spear

ALL  AMERICAN
Major change is afoot for the IWM Duxford’s American Air Museum

REGULARS

NEWS
Nine pages of top stories from the aircraft preservation scene  Spitfire I X4650 flies • Swedish Air Force Historic Flight’s Viggen airborne • New projects for Vintage Flyers • Nimrod R1 to Cosford • Duxford’s Vampire restored • and much more!

EVENTS
News, previews and dates — Classic Aircraft’s coverage of the international airshow scene restarts for 2012

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

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 Classic Aircraft’s regular column

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