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FlyPast April 2018

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The brand new issue of FlyPast takes a look at the final actions of the Luftwaffe in World War Two, as the Germans used innovative jets in an attempt to defend the Reich from Allied bombers. We examine the use of the rocket-powered Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, and describe the tactics adopted by the USAAF bombers and their escorts.

Korean War
The story of a harrowing rescue attempt during the Korean War is recounted by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver – the heroism involved inspired both a book and film.

Concorde display
FlyPast pays a visit to the recently opened Aerospace Bristol where you can climb on board Concorde, the last of its kind to be built.

Swiss Hunter
Peter Lewis explains why a distinctively painted Hawker Hunter has won fame among a community in Switzerland.

Flying the Provost
Darren Harbar profiles the Shuttleworth Collection’s Percival Provost T.1, a greatly admired post-war trainer.

Constellation workshop
Jürgen Schelling details efforts to return a Lockheed Super Constellation to the skies in Switzerland.

Also this month, Tony Buttler sheds light on a little-known aspect of the Handley Page Victor’s service life – sampling fallout from nuclear tests. The Victor, our cover star, is also the subject of an exclusive three-way artwork by Andy Hay. Each issue also comes with a free 32-page guide to all this year’s major airshows, both in the UK and further afield.