FlyPast - July 2012x

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Desert Ace
Michael Schoeman examines a famous aerial combat involving enigmatic Luftwaffe ‘ace’ Hans-Joachim Marseille.

Phantoms in Vietnam
F-4 pilot Jonathan A Hayes describes how he helped defend his base from attack in Vietnam.

Tuskegee Airmen
A look at the forthcoming movie ‘Red Tails’, which tells the story of the USAAF’s first all-black fighter unit.

Sopwith Squadron
Norman Franks presents the roll call for 87 Squadron RFC on the Western Front in 1918, and we visit the battlefields of the Somme.

BBMF’s Silver Wings
Gp Capt Martin ‘Sammy’ Sampson is the latest RAF BBMF Spitfire pilot. Paul Eden found out how he recently converted to the thoroughbred.

Howard Pardue
A tribute to the late warbird pilot and air racer Howard Pardue.

FlyPast Spotlight - Handley Page Victor

Origin and History
A look back at the history of Handley Page’s V-bomber.

Contemporaries Compared
We compare the Victor to two rival designs from other nations.

Men Behind the Victor
Glenn Sands details some of the men who designed and tested the crescent-winged bomber.

Victor in Profile
Pete West artwork of a Victor tanker that met a premature end.

Inside the Victor
Cutaway artwork of a Halifax K.2.

In Combat
Glenn Sands explains why British success in the Falklands War relied heavily on the contribution of the Victor tanker force.

The Handley Page jet caught on camera.


Thunderbolt flies at Duxford
Swamp Ghost on the move
New B-17 for Liberty Foundation
Jaguar at Newark
Great War replica flies
New jets at Bruntingthorpe


From the Workshop
John Parker visits the ambitious and painstaking project that will put a Beaufort back in the air.

FlyPost and ‘Ops Board’
Readers’ letters plus more dates for your diary.

What’s New
The latest books, gifts and aviation-themed merchandise receive the ‘FlyPast’ verdict.

Visits to New Zealand’s Ohakea and Warbirds over Wanaka shows, and a report from Florida’s Sun ’n Fun.

Museums – Boxted
Boxted’s Station 150 Museum may be small, but it punches way above its weight, as Ken Ellis discovers.

Glory Days
Nick Stroud presents a portfolio of images from a memorable RAF Display at Farnborough in 1950.

Manufacturers – Fairey and Westland
Of all the household names building aircraft in the 1940s, only Westland lives on. Ken Ellis explains why.

A superb wartime study of a ground-attack Hawker Hurricane.

Competitions: Win an original Messerschmitt Bf 109 painting! See page 88 for details. For the chance to win other goodies, see pages 94 and 95.