Classic Aircraft - July 2012

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FEATURES

COLD WAR THUNDER
It is one of the jewels in the UK’s aircraft preservation crown — the fantastic assembly of historic jets maintained in active condition at Bruntingthorpe as part of the Cold War Jets Collection

TESTING TIMES
He is most famous for his spectacular low-level ejection from P1B Lightning XG332, an incident that occurred 50 years ago this year, but George Aird’s flying career took in a great deal of fascinating test work

NEW SHADE OF RED
In the Gnat and the Hawk, the RAF’s Red Arrows have enjoyed the use of two outstanding British jet trainers. In the second half of our two-part historical feature on the team, we focus on the transition between the two types

INTO A NEW AGE
The Jet Age Museum is looking forward to major developments at Gloucestershire Airport — and you, through contributing to its current fundraising campaign, can help

DAVID HALFORD’S DISPATCHES
David Halford reflects on his recent assignments and unusual aspects of aviation history

FLIGHT BAG
Reviews of the latest aviation related products

A TRUCKIE ABROAD
The RAF’s transport force evolved significantly during the 1960s. Out went the Hastings, in came the Andover, the Belfast and later the Hercules. Through it all, life as an RAF ‘truckie’ was never dull

STARS AND STRIPES MiG TOWN
At the airport in the otherwise quiet Illinois city of Dekalb can be found something quite unique — a pair of airworthy civilian-operated MiG-21s. Classic Aircraft flew with them

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Cambrian Airways was the most significant attempt to establish a national airline for Wales

BOOM TIME
The beauty of the de Havilland Vampire continues to attract admirers, as do its delightful flying characteristics and relative ease of operation

DAY OF ACES
10 May 1972 is a memorable day in the logbook of aerial combat. On that date, US Navy and Air Force aviators flying F-4 Phantom IIs shot down 11 North Vietnamese MiG fighters, and a Navy crew became the first American aces of the Vietnam War

REGULARS

NEWS
Seven pages of top stories from the aircraft preservation scene
• He115 recovered from fjord
• Gladiator goes to Norway
• Ups and downs for Vulcan
• IWM Duxford disposals
• Boscombe museum to move
... and much more!

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

EVENTS
News, previews, dates and reviews — Classic Aircraft’s coverage of the international airshow scene for 2012, including coverage from some of the season’s early events

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