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FlyPast June 2021

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The June 2021 issue of FlyPast features the always distinctive Westland Lysander as its cover star. In the latest instalment of our ‘Classics’ series, Malcolm V Lowe outlines the remarkable history of this versatile monoplane. Having made its first flight in 1936, the Lysander is most famous for clandestine wartime operations, typically dropping off and collecting agents in occupied Europe. We reflect on the machine’s origins and its variety of roles, supported by rarely seen images and exclusive artwork from Andy Hay.

FlyPast is 40
We are immensely proud of the fact that FlyPast is 40 years old this year, and to celebrate the milestone we are offering a copy of the rare first issue (which had a limited print run) at the back of this digital edition.

Thunderbolt heroes
We document the careers of five accomplished exponents of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.

Eye in the sky
Graham Pitchfork outlines the fascinating career of photo-recce pilot Bill Williams, who celebrates his 100th birthday in May.

Saluting the Chipmunk
In its 75th anniversary year, the history of the legendary DHC Chipmunk trainer comes under the FlyPast spotlight.

Churchill’s last resort
Steven Taylor details the RAF’s last-ditch defence plan in 1940, which would have thrown vulnerable training aircraft into frontline action.

Glory Days
Former FlyPast editor Ken Ellis presents a nostalgic portfolio of images depicting aircraft flown by Warbirds of Great Britain.

We also report from two spectacular airshows ‘down under’, the Wings Over Wairarapa extravaganza in New Zealand and Australia’s Temora Air Force Centenary showcase. Closer to home, Darren Harbar was on hand to capture the return to the air of Old Warden’s ‘Brisfit’ and a Ryan monoplane. We also salute a team of enthusiasts who are breathing new life into historic airframes in Uruguay and bring you news of a Sea Harrier trio that is set for refurbishment by jet specialist Jet Art Aviation.