Classic Aircraft - December 2012

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Features

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
European Aviation Air Charter had Formula One pedigree, but eventually failed to take pole position in the airline market

LIVING THE AVIATION DREAM
We interview Kermit Weeks, perhaps the ultimate example of a man able to turn into reality his passion for aviation

STRAIGHT UP
The Convair XFY-1 and Lockheed XFV-1 took the cause of fixedwing VTOL flight down a blind but spectacular alley

VARSITY MATCH
The contribution made by the Vickers Varsity, that versatile ‘flying classroom’, to the post-war RAF was second to none, as is the affection in which it continues to be held

SEEK AND DESTROY
Probing the Soviet Union’s defences, acting as pathfinders for fighterbombers, photographing targets and jamming radars — all this, and much more, was meat and drink to the British-based B-66 Destroyers of the USAF’s 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing

TO LOOK INTO THE FUTURE
Concluding our series on RAF squadrons this year celebrating their centenaries, we focus on No IV Squadron, and in particular its RAF Germany years

BIG CAT DIARY
Whether it was the regular round of Cold War training missions or desert wars in far-off lands, the Armée de l’Air’s Jaguars were in the thick of the action, as a former unit commander recalls

FREEZING POINT OF THE COLD WAR
Stationed for many years inside the Arctic Circle, the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s 333 Squadron got closer than most to the Soviets — sometimes, very close indeed

RAF Phantom Salute

ONE CAREFUL OWNER…
How the F-4J(UK) Phantom came to plug a significant gap in the UK’s air defences

PHANTOMS PHOREVER
Twenty years have now passed since the RAF retired its last Phantoms. Fittingly, Nos 56 and 74 Squadrons gave the fighter
the send-off it deserved

Regulars

THE CLASSIC AIRCRAFT MONTH
Our opening topical section, bringing you the top stories on post-war classic aircraft and historic jets
• In depth — Will 2013 be Vulcan XH558’s last flying year?

HINDSIGHT
Historical reflections from our columnist Bruce Hales-Dutton

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

AIR MAIL
Readers write on topics of interest

EVENTS
Reviews from the UK’s end-of-season events — Classic Aircraft’s coverage of the international airshow scene for 2012

FLIGHT BAG
Reviews of the latest aviationrelated products for the discerning enthusiast