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FlyPast January 2018

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In the brand new January issue of FlyPast, we mark the Royal Air Force’s centenary year with a series of features celebrating the service’s history and achievements. Don’t miss the start of our tribute to the men and machines that served in two world wars and beyond. In this edition, we focus on the courage of the Spitfire-equipped 74 Squadron in the Battle of Britain, featuring rarely seen images and exclusive colour artwork, and take a look at how the Lockheed TriStar airliner became an RAF tanker.

In two sections, we publish a portfolio of images relating to two of the UK’s most famous Cold War warriors, the Avro Vulcan – which is also our cover star – and the dynamic English Electric Lightning.

Darren Harbar interviews Steve Vizard, the boss of Isle of Wight-based warbird restoration specialists Airframe Assemblies.

Garry L Fry examines the circumstances surrounding the first USAAF victory over a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet.

In North Africa, cannon-armed Hurricanes took a heavy toll of Rommel’s Panzers, as Andrew Thomas explains.

Luigino Caliaro goes air-to-air with a MiG-17, and talks to two pilots who share a passion for the potent Russian jet.

We also take a look back at the USAAF’s elite P-61 Black Widow unit and describe how the night-fighters were used in combat. Another major feature finds our resident warbird pilot Dave Unwin getting to grips with the Luftwaffe’s Bucker Bestmann trainer, and we also reflect on the long service life of Greek RF-84F Thunderflashes – their activities included encounters with RAF Lightnings. Plus we bring you news of a ‘razorback’ Mustang that has recently flown in the US.