FlyPast - Feb 2017

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Mighty Peacemaker
Warren E Thompson profiles the multi-engined Convair B-36, a bomber that came to symbolise Strategic Air Command.

Swarm of Gnats
The North Weald-based Gnat Display Team is looking forward to the new season. Richard Paver reports.

Flying Bulls
Chris Gilson visited the Flying Bulls’ base in Salzburg to find out what the famous warbird operator’s winter programme entails.

Fortress Down
The circumstances behind a famous image of a doomed B-17 are explained by Roger Soupart.

Stalin’s Captives
Vladimir Kotelnikov concludes his two-part examination of the Soviet Union’s aviation ‘war trophies’.

Avenger Flight
We go flying with Michael Kopp’s Grumman Avenger – with air-to-air photography by John Dibbs.

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE: HIGH FLIGHT
Andrew Thomas assesses the Spitfire VI and VII, interceptors designed for combat in the stratosphere.

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE: SILVER SCREEN
A feature-length documentary about the famous fighter is due to reach cinemas in 2018. Steve Beebee investigates.

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE: IRON CROSS SPITFIRE
Chris Goss explains what happened when Germany captured an intact Spitfire – with artwork by Andy Hay.

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE: NINE ALIVE
Gordon Riley looks back at the history and restoration of Spitfire IX BR601, with photography by John Dibbs.

The Way We Were
Andrew Thomas reflects on the history of the RAF’s 10 Squadron, a long-term tanker and transport specialist.

FlyPost
Readers’ letters.

Glory Days
Photographic memories of the Bristol 170 Freighter.

From the Workshop
Gloster Meteor NF.14 WS788 is being restored at the Yorkshire Air Museum. Graham Buckle describes the progress so far, while editor Chris Gilson hunts for a donor aircraft.

Museums
A visit to an open day held by Canberra’s Australian War Memorial.

Finals
English Electric Lightning.

Flypast Spotlight: Bristol Beaufort
Our popular Spotlight section focuses on one of the less well known heroes of World War Two, the Bristol Beaufort. Andrew Thomas reflects on how both the RAF and the Royal Australian Air Force used the type in wartime, and we highlight a Beaufort pilot who posthumously received the VC.