FlyPast - October 2016

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FIGHTER COMMAND
WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THE MEN AND MACHINES OF THE RAF’S FIGHTER COMMAND – BOTH DURING AND AFTER WORLD WAR TWO

AMONG THE GREATS
Historian James Holland examines the career of Pierre Clostermann, a French fighter ace who flew with the RAF during the war.

STRIKING BACK
Even after their country had surrendered to Germany, many French pilots continued the fight, serving in the Battle of Britain with Fighter Command.

SABRES OVER BRITAIN
It may have served Fighter Command for just three years, but the Sabre was held in great affection by pilots.

BLENHEIMS INTO BATTLE
Andrew Thomas details how Bristol Blenheims of 23 Squadron pioneered Fighter Command’s night intruder role.

Features

Delta Daggers
Convair F-102 pilot Joe Gano describes a hectic day testing his mettle against a Lightning and a Phantom.

B-25 Alive
Moose Peterson explains why the Texas Flying Legends Museum’s multi-gun B-25J was the enemy’s worst nightmare.

Messerschmitt two-seater
Richard Paver examines a newly restored Messerschmitt Bf 109G with a difference – this one is built for two.

Luftwaffe attack
Mikhail Timin examines 24 hours of intense air combat as the Russians tried to stem the tide during the early days of Operation Barbarossa.

Forgotten hero
Designed as a bomber, but rejected for the role, the Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle had some success in special duties.

Duxford veterans
Men who served at Duxford in the 1950s reflect on their time at the base, and on flying the Gloster Meteor jet.

Spotlight: Junkers Ju 52

Origin and History
We look at the transport’s history.

Men Behind the Junkers
Robert Forsyth pays homage to the men who created the legendary three-engined aircraft.

Junkers in Pro¬ le
Andy Hay artwork of a Ju 52 used in the minesweeper role.

In Combat
The ‘Tante Ju’ played a vital role in the invasion of Crete and the Battle of Stalingrad, as Robert Forsyth explains.

From the Archive
We present a selection of rarely seen images of the Junkers Ju 52 in both military and civilian service.

Regulars

Airshow
A visit to Geneseo in New York along with the best air display action in the UK.

Glory Days
Rarely seen images of aircraft aboard famous British carrier ‘Ark Royal’.

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

From The Workshop
Darren Harbar reports from Old Warden where Supermarine Spitfire AR501 is gradually being returned to flight.

Finals
De Havilland Sea Vixen.