FlyPast - August 2008

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Front Cover
Cavanaugh Flight Museum's Curtiss P-40 Warhawk piloted by Mike Burke and captured by ace lensman Duncan Cubitt - turn to page 38 for details of its past and its `Flying Tiger' colours.

Features

Airman Extraordinary
Fran‡ois Prins concludes the story of Leonard Cheshire VC based on interviews he carried out over several years.

Flying Tiger
Nigel Price profiles the Cavanaugh Flight Museum's famous P-40 Warhawk and the man it honours.

Car? Or Aeroplane?
Dave Unwin introduces one of the most intriguing flying machines, the 1949 Taylor Aerocar. Duncan Cubitt photography.

Birthday Milestone
As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, Newark Air Museum staged another fantastic `CockpitFest' gathering - Ken Ellis reports.

Wrong Button!
Flight Engineer Peter Munson describes how he discovered what a reliable aircraft the Lancaster was - no matter how many engines were running!

Regulars

Our Very Own
Our series on the RAF's Auxiliary units examines 502 (Ulster) Squadron - the `Red Hand' fliers. Ernie Cromie relates its anti-submarine heritage.

What's New
Product reviews and news.

Aviation Art
We profile Martin Bleasby.

Airshow
Biggin Hill, Berlin and up-coming events.

`Ops' Board
Where to go, what to see.

From the Workshop
Seattle's Grumman Wildcat - a playground veteran.

FlyPost
Readers' letters and comments.

Museums triple!
Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre
306th Bomb Group Museum
Museum of Berkshire Aviation

Finals
A roundabout in Belgium...

In Focus

Celebrating 50 years of the Vigilante

Backwards Bomber
When a Vigilante landed on a US Navy aircraft carrier, you could feel it through the soles of your feet! We present a salute to an incredible shipboard bomber.

Sabre-Rattler
Starting off as a potent nuclear strike weapon, the Vigilante finally went to war armed with nothing but photo-recce film. Warren E Thompson relates the `Vigi' in Vietnam.

Leaving the Rest Behind
Artwork special on the RA-5C.

News

Sea Fury airborne; Flying Heritage opens up; Flying Bulls P-38 Lightning flies; B-17 Texas Raiders progresses; Brooklands Museum starts the centenary celebrations; Spitfires in the UK and Australia; Soviet warpaint for German Yak; Battle of Britain Buch¢n returns to Duxford; Vulcan ready for airshow debut; Junkers F13 replica; new scheme for Vampire. And much more.

`CockpitFest' goes international

International recognition for 306th BG Museum

Museum of Berkshire Aviation expands

New gate guard in Belgium