Classic Aircraft - October 2012

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V Force Salute

VALIANTS AT WAR
The Suez campaign of 1956 may have been a political disaster, but for the RAF’s fledgling Valiant force the chance to drop bombs in anger — even with negligible results — was highly worthwhile

ATOMIC ALERT
During the tensest times of the Cold War, the RAF’s ‘V-force’ stood ready to strike if required, on continuous alert to deliver nuclear destruction to the Soviet Union. But what was life like for the crews tasked with this bleak mission?

VALIANT AND VIGILANT
The unique capabilities of No 543 Squadron — motto ‘Valiant and Vigilant’ — and its recce-configured Valiants were called upon often during the Cold War

END OF THE DETERRENT
As the 1960s drew on, times changed for the ‘V-force’. No more was it a triumvirate of types, and no longer was the strategic nuclear deterrent to the fore

‘BLACK BUCK 1’
Thirty years on from the ‘Black Buck 1’ raid, Vulcan pilot Martin Withers DFC and his counterpart in the lead Victor, Bob Tuxford AFC, recount the tale

‘V-BOMBER’ SURVIVORS
Where to find Valiants, Victors and Vulcans in 2012

FEATURES

THE WORLD’S FAVOURITE JETLINER
More than 10,000 Boeing 737s have now been sold — an immense achievement. Classic Aircraft gained some unique insights into the 737’s early years, when its success was far from certain

SHINY TWO
Continuing our series on RAF squadrons this year celebrating their centenaries, we focus on No II (Army Co-operation) Squadron, a unit second to none

ON TIME, ON TARGET
First-hand insights into NATO tactical reconnaissance operations during the Cold War

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Air Charter, Freddie Laker’s first airline, was a venture typical of the man — one that took up opportunities untapped by others

THE ADVENTURES OF ‘SNOOPY’
The fascinating meteorological research work of the famous Hercules with the distinctive nose, nicknamed ‘Snoopy’

REGULARS

THE CLASSIC AIRCRAFT MONTH
Our opening topical section, bringing you the top stories on post-war classic aircraft and historic jets
• In depth — stunning Russian Air Force centenary celebration
• Plus news stories from around the world

DAVID HALFORD’S 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!

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

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