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FlyPast March 2015

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The latest issue of FlyPast is a special, 132-page issue packed with content. With two special sections - profiling the machines used in the Cold War and the Luftwaffe’s World War Two Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor - the March issue encompasses decades of aviation history. Our cover star is an icon of British Cold War-era engineering, the English Electric Lightning. We also describe the early years of Tupolev’s long-range bomber, the Tu-95 Bear, look back at Phantom ‘ops’ in Germany and explore how Belgian fighters were used to fool prying Soviet eyes.

Condor Spotlight
We scrutinize the history of the four-engined Luftwaffe maritime patroller, an aircraft described as ‘the scourge of the Atlantic’.

Mosquito to Sabre
John Falconer profiles the illustrious flying career of Mosquito and F-86 Sabre pilot Gp Capt John Merifield.

Biggin Hill Hurricane
A Hawker Hurricane Mk.I has been rolled out in Battle of Britain-era markings at Biggin Hill. It will be flying at airshows during this important 75th anniversary year.

Australia’s Hudson
Gavin Conroy details Temora Aviation Museum’s Lockheed Hudson, the only flying example of its type.

B-17 Showcase
A Flying Fortress made a special flight to mark a US museum’s fifth anniversary.

Plus we examine the challenges faced by the volunteers who look after the Avro Vulcan at Wellesbourne, and reflect on the history of South Africa’s once thriving Wingfield Airport. Frank B Mormillo files a report from Chino as Planes of Fame’s Japanese aircraft take to the air, and we visit a new museum in Minnesota and report from Old Warden, where the Shuttleworth Collection’s popular Spitfire Mk.V is under restoration.