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FlyPast November 2019

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The November issue of FlyPast features an exclusive on its cover - the return of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s legendary Spitfire Mk.IIa in new colours. This storied machine, which flew in the battle itself, now represents one of those flown by New Zealand-born ace Al Deere. Former BBMF leader Clive Rowley tells Deere’s remarkable story, while photographer Darren Harbar captures some exclusive air-to-air images of the Spitfire.

Red Star Lavochkins
Our Spotlight section focuses on a frequently unsung classic from World War Two, the potent Lavochkin La-7. More than a match for the Luftwaffe, this excellent fighter probably deserves a loftier place in history than it currently enjoys.

Vulcan memories
Sean Feast imparts Vulcan-related stories from the late Al Greethurst, including Quick Reaction Alerts and a successful ‘attack’ on the US.

Allies over Japan
The British Commonwealth policed Japan with an Air Occupation Force following the end of World War Two. Andrew Thomas explains.

The women who took on NASA
Kathleen Hanser reveals how old-fashioned thinking dashed the hopes of US female pilots wanting to join the space race.

Airshow season
Jamie Ewan presents images from one of this year’s most hotly anticipated shows - September’s Paris-Villaroche Air Legend – and, closer to home, visits another successful Little Gransden event.

Also in this issue, Tod Nicol outlines the roles of the German Ottoman Air Force and Royal Flying Corps in western Asia during World War One and Graham Pitchfork reflects on the gallantry of Lancaster pilot Flt Sgt Paul Campbell. In addition to all the latest museum and restoration news, acclaimed aviation artist Anthony Saunders explains the process behind his Mustang-themed painting ‘Checking Out’ - and you can win a limited edition signed print.