FlyPast - June 2016

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FEATURES

Spitfires over Burma
James Holland explains how the arrival of Spitfires turned the tide of the air war over Burma.

Kamikaze attack
The horrors of a Japanese kamikaze attack on the USS Ticonderoga are described by Robert F Dorr.

Shuttleworth dawn
Darren Harbar reports from a recent dawn photography shoot at Old Warden.

Chipmunk adventure
Sqn Ldr William Purchase remembers an epic flight to celebrate de Havilland Canada’s remarkable Chipmunk.

California Spitfire
Frank B Mormillo profiles the Commemorative Air Force’s Supermarine Spitfire XIV.

Operation Barbarossa
A special section to mark the 75th anniversary of Germany’s Invasion of Russia in 1941 – a campaign that would change the course of world war two. Our cover and centrespread feature Focke-Wulf FW 190a-5 n19027, an airworthy warbird that flew on the Russian front.

Spotlight: De Havilland Venom
This month, Spotlight shines on a British Cold War jet, de Havilland’s more robust and powerful successor to the Vampire. While the Venom did not remain in service for as long as some combat jets, it was used in anger in Aden, Malaya and during the Suez Crisis. We examine the history of this pugnacious machine, which proved most effective in the fighter bomber role.

REGULARS

Airshow
Visits to the legendary Warbirds Over Wanaka in New Zealand, and California’s El Centro Air Show.

Museums
The Niagara Aerospace Museum is the proud owner of a former Soviet Airacobra. Douglas W DeCroix reflects on its history.

From The Workshop
Darren Harbar reports from Sywell where two ‘film star’ Hispano Buchóns are being restored.

What’s New
The latest aviation-related books, models and DVDs receive the FlyPast verdict.

Glory Days
A photographic look back at Supermarine’s golden age of flying-boats.

Airfields
Barry Wheeler visits the site of the wartime Luftwaffe’s test and trials base on the Baltic.

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

Finals
Hispano Buchóns.