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FlyPast June 2020

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The June 2020 issue of FlyPast includes a special section dedicated to what is often referred to as the ‘forgotten war’, the 1950s conflict in Korea. Our cover features a dramatic artist’s impression of Seafires in action during the campaign, and inside Tom Spencer reveals how the naval Supermarine fighter was used to its best advantage. We also examine a daring MiG-15 recovery and describe how Northrop P-61 Black Widows were adapted for Korean War recce duties.

Skytrain to fly again
‘Night Fright’ owner Charlie Walker speaks to Steve Beebee about the revival of a remarkable warhorse.

Mighty Foxbat
A special feature examining a potent-looking twin-finned interceptor capable of astounding speed.

Dive bombers
Air gunner Bob Harvey spent much of the war battling the Japanese from the back seat of a Vultee Vengeance. Sean Feast hears his story.

Shackleton lives on
Andrew Critchell soaked up the vibrations as the Gatwick Aviation Museum’s Shackleton ran up its Griffon engines for a nocturnal photography shoot.

Antique Tri-Motor
A pair of 1920s Ford Tri-Motors toured the US last year. Frank B Mormillo profiles the eldest of these, the Liberty Aviation Museum’s Model 5-AT-B.

We also report from Greece where we visit the expanding Hellenic Air Force Museum, home to an unusual and memorable selection of types. Also worthy of celebration is the recent return to the skies of Hurricane BE505 which has been successfully converted into a two-seater. In the fourth instalment of our Battle of Britain mini-series, Malcolm V Lowe details the Luftwaffe’s fearsome Messerschmitt Bf 109E, while Gp Capt Tom Eeles reflects on RAF pilot training during the Cold War.