FlyPast - February 2016

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Features

Duxford’s Jet Killers
Stephen Chapis describes how pilots of the USAAF’s 78th FG used their skill and tenacity to turn the tables against Luftwaffe jets.

Canadian Mitchell
Darren Harbar reveals the story behind the nose-art worn by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s airworthy B-25 Mitchell.

Reviving the Shackleton
A team of volunteers at Coventry is aiming to return an Avro Shackleton to British skies. Steve Beebee reports.

Spit¬ re Down Under
Gavin Conroy goes air-to-air with a magnificently restored Spitfire Mk.IX in New Zealand.

Pole Position
Geoff Jones visits Madrid where numerous aircraft are preserved by the roadside.

Project Lightning
Max Waldron describes the dismantling, moving and re-assembling of English Electric Lightning F.3 XR713.

V BOMBERS
WITH THE FINAL FLYING AVRO VULCAN NOW GROUNDED, WE PRESENT A SPECIAL SECTION REFLECTING ON THE ROLE OF THE RAF’S COLD WAR V-BOMBERS.

LONG RANGE TANKER
Sqn Ldr Bob Tuxford talks to Darren Harbar about flying the longest HP Victor leg on Black Buck 1 – the raid on Port Stanley.

VICTOR RUN
Behind the scenes at Bruntingthorpe as Victor K.2 XM715 is prepared for a taxi run.

LIFE IN THE ‘COAL HOLE’
Navigator Jack Talliss reflects on his Vulcan days, which included the prototype and lastto- go XH558, this issue’s cover star.

STILL WITH US
A list of surviving V-bombers.

Vickers Valiant

Origin and History
The story of the first V-bomber, the Vickers Valiant.

Valiant in Pro¬ le
Andy Hay artwork of the third Valiant prototype.

Men Behind the V-force
Graham Pitchfork profiles trailblazing V-bomber pilots.

Inside the Valiant
Cutaway artwork of a Vickers Valiant B.1.

In Combat
Valiant crews pioneered long-range, deep-penetration reconnaissance, as explained by Vic Flintham.

Cosford Survivor
A brief history of the RAF Museum’s Valiant B.1.

Regulars

From The Workshop
The resurrection of the last Canadair C-54GM North Star is examined by Robert S Grant.

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

Airshow
Numerous warbirds took to the air at a recent display in Australia. Phil Buckley was there.

Museums – Lithuania
Lennart Berns reports from the Lithuanian Aviation Museum in Kaunas.

Finals
HS Buccaneer.