Classic Aircraft - August 2012

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BRITANNIA AT 60 TRUE 'Brit'
10-Page Special Feature

The Bristol Britannia was an aircraft just after its time — a turboprop when the world wanted jets. Nor was it exactly untroubled. But, 60 years after it first flew, the ‘Whispering Giant’ still deserves to be remembered as a great commercial aviation advance.

• Britannia history and memories
• Final ‘Brit’ flight from the cockpit
• Surviving Britannias
• Operators listing

FEATURES

CHASING THE ‘DRAGON LADY’
In a top-secret series of trials in the early 1960s, RAF pilots attempted to see whether the Lightning could intercept a U-2. Classic Aircraft can exclusively reveal the results

CIVIL LIST
The British Airliner Collection is how the Duxford Aviation Society now refers to its array of commercial aircraft — one that, with the Ambassador nearing completion, is soon to gain a truly unique exhibit

Me262 MEETS MUSTANG
The Collings Foundation is in the unique position of being able to bring together from its own fleet a pairing of two old adversaries — the Messerschmitt Me262 and P-51 Mustang. We go air-to-air with them, and gain insights into how the two fighters compare

THE STANSTED SAGA
Seventy years ago, USAAF engineers started construction of a new bomber base in Essex. Much later, it became London’s third airport. In between Stansted underwent a transformation

TOP BANANA
Of all the historic aircraft airworthy today, the sole example of Piasecki’s famous ‘flying banana’, the Flying Rotors Museum’s H-21B Shawnee, must be among the most distinctive

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Buzz was there near the start of the UK’s low-cost airline revolution, but found itself swallowed up by Ryanair
‘DAK’S’ NEW LOOK
Dakota Norway’s DC-3 now commemorates the RAF’s unsung role in setting up post-war Norwegian civil air services

BUCKING THE TREND
It’s an unusual warbird, the OV-10 Bronco, and still a rare one, too. Quite why is a mystery, for this is a superb aircraft ideal for civilian ownership

DAGGERS DRAWN
Carlos Moreno was an Argentine Air Force Dagger pilot during the Falklands War, fighting against the Sea Harriers and performing anti-ship strikes on the British fleet. Thirty years later, he remembers his entry into combat

REGULAR

THE CLASSIC AIRCRAFT MONTH
Our new-look topical section, bringing you the top stories on post-war classic aircraft and historic jets

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

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

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 Flying Legends, Waddington and Cosford

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