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FlyPast March 2018

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The brand new issue of FlyPast focuses on the air war over Vietnam – one of the hardest fought conflicts of the Cold War. With a series of exclusive features, we reflect on some of the key campaigns and also analyse North Vietnamese tactics designed to thwart the USAF’s mighty B-52 Stratofortress bomber. Today, a complete B-52 can be seen at IWM Duxford. This issue of FlyPast also includes a FREE 32-page guide to all the UK’s aviation museums.

Spitfires over Africa
The early activities of the Spitfire-equipped Rhodesian Air Force are detailed by Steve McLean.

Flying the Mitchell
Larry Kelley talks to Nigel Price about his B-25 Mitchell, and tells of an exciting hands-on training programme for pilots.

Celebrating the Yak
Will Greenwood’s Yakovlev Yak-3UA G-OLEG is an airshow favourite. Richard Paver goes air-to-air with this impressive fighter.

Fledgling Eagles
Tom Docherty explains how the Luftwaffe managed to train a force of more than one million in the build-up to war.

Heathrow’s Glory Days
A portfolio of previously unseen early 1960s views of classic airliners at London Heathrow airport.

We also visit South Yorkshire Air Museum in Doncaster, a longstanding attraction that celebrates more than 100 years of aeronautical history. There is good news from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which has recently secured planning permission to build its long-awaited Heritage Hangar, and Robert S Grant tells the story of Canadian airman George E Mayer, who flew bush-planes with the United Nations in the Middle East.