Classic Aircraft - September 2012

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VC10 Golden Jubilee
A special 16-page tribute to this superb British airliner’s 50th anniversary

GRACE, SPACE AND PACE
Just 54 were built, its main airline customer didn’t really want it, and nor did the rest of the world’s carriers, yet the Vickers
VC10 still holds a special place in British aviation history. Understandably so, for, its beauty and charisma aside, this was a genuinely outstanding aircraft

VC10 FORCE
It’s with the Royal Air Force that the VC10 has notched up its most enduring service, both as transport and tanker. Now, alas, its days are fast coming to an end

FEATURES

GUARDIANS OF THE SKIES

To coincide with the last Tornado F3 flights, Ian Black looks back to the Cold War and the RAF’s Mixed Fighter Force, in which armed Hawks would have joined Tornados, Lightnings and Phantoms in protecting the UK against a Soviet onslaught

CLOUDMASTER’S COMEBACK
For one glorious season, DC‑6A G-APSA brought back to life memories of that great airline British Eagle. Now there are plans to return this magnificent propliner to the skies

FIRST IN ALL THINGS
In the first of a short series on RAF squadrons this year celebrating their centenaries, we tell the story of No 1 Squadron, and especially its post-war jet exploits on the Hunter and Harrier

THE ALBATROS SOARS
The Aero L-39 Albatros represents an affordable way into historic jet ownership

FLYING THE FLAG
Time was when United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) could boast a number of formation display teams, renowned for their spectacular displays in everything from B-57s to F-100s

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Air 2000 started as a charter carrier, but moved into scheduled operations too

FRONT LINE OF THE COLD WAR
Berlin during the years of division — a hotbed of the Cold War. Little there was in any sense ‘normal’, and that went for RAF Gatow, too. Its Station Commander at the time the Berlin Wall fell recalls his fascinating experiences as CO of a base like no other

REGULARS

THE CLASSIC AIRCRAFT MONTH
Our new-look topical section, bringing you the top stories on post-war classic aircraft and historic jets
• In depth — last ever Tornado F3 flights
• Plus news stories from around the world

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!

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

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

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