Classic Aircraft - June 2012

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CAMM’S MOST CLASSIC JET
Jet warbirds don’t come much finer than the Hawker Hunter. Talk to those who have owned, operated and flown the type in civilian hands, and its enduring popularity comes as even less of a surprise

HUNTERS AND THE HUNTED
More than 60 years after its maiden flight, the Hunter remains much in military demand — not least in the UK, where the aircraft of HHA are heavily engaged in Royal Navy and industry support work

JUBILEE SPECIAL - DECADES OF OUR LIVES 1952-2012
A decade-by-decade retrospective on British aviation during the 60 years of the Queen’s reign — different Classic Aircraft authors offer their personal perspectives

1950s
Exciting, innovative, pioneering times, by Roy Allen

1960s
Dashed hopes of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, by David Halford

1970s
Air travel soars, industry shrinks, by Bruce Hales-Dutton

1980s
Collaboration as the Cold War ends, by Denis J. Calvert

1990s
No peace dividend — and no peace for BA, by Jon Lake

2000s
Wars and recession dominate, by Ben Dunnell

2010s
Into a decade of change, by Mark Broadbent

REGULARS

NEWS
Eight pages of top stories from the aircraft preservation scene Ex-RAF P-40 discovered in desert • TFC’s ‘razorback’ P-47 flies • Space Shuttle Discovery’s final voyage • First flights of Memorial Flight’s Strutter, German-built Albatros and FHC’s Zero • B-25s gather for Doolittle salute ...and much more!

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

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

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

FEATURES

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
British European Airways was the UK’s flag-carrier on domestic and European routes for almost three decades. While it may have had no competition, that didn’t stop BEA from being a great innovator

GNAT BITES
It was on the Gnat that the RAF’s Red Arrows gained their worldwide reputation, and established themselves as international ambassadors for Britain

ROYAL WINGS
Aviation and the Royal Family have long gone together, whether through aircraft being used as a means of transport or the flying activities of numerous Royals themselves

TORNADO TIMES
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Tornado GR1/GR4 in RAF service, the current Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth looks back over his association with the strike jet