FlyPast - April 2017

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Little Friends
Three fighter pilots who flew with the US Eighth Air Force describe to Warren E Thompson the challenges of escorting bombers.

Listening In
In an article by the late Robert F Dorr, the process of transforming the Martin P4M Mercator into a signals intelligence aircraft is explored.

Ride The Lightning
Chris Gibson explains how the English Electric Lightning’s weaponry developed as the supersonic fighters encountered Soviet intruders.

Hurricane Hero
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I R4118 is among Britain’s most popular warbirds. We look at its history - with air-to-air images by John Dibbs.

By Land And Sea
The discovery of a photo album enabled Erik Mannings to piece together the varied career of fighter pilot Geoff Booth.

Flying Cheetahs
Bush-strip lookouts equipped with gongs and gifts of wild cats as mascots - Steve Maclean details the colourful exploits of South Africa’s 2 Squadron.

Coastal Blenheims
Bristol Blenheims saw considerable service on long-range shipping protection sorties, as Andrew Thomas outlines.

FREE! Airshow Guide
Your free, 24-page guide to this year’s air display calendar, featuring listings for both the UK and overseas.

From the Workshop
Editor Chris Gilson caught up with ARC boss John Romain to discuss the latest news from the company hangars at Duxford.

Museums
Roberto Yáñez and Alex Rodríguez explore Spain’s national aeronautical museum.

FlyPost
Readers’ letters and dates for your diary.

Airfields
Ken Ellis contrasts the legacy of two famous aircraft manufacturers, Handley Page and de Havilland.

Glory Days
A collection of archive images depicting the early service life of the English Electric Lightning.

Finals
Ryan PT-22.

Flypast Spotlight
Messerschmitt Me 210/410.

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