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FlyPast October 2015

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The bumper, 132-page October issue of FlyPast features an extraordinary and rarely seen World War Two warbird on the cover. The Flying Heritage Collection’s awesome Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik is a world class restoration of one of the most significant aircraft of the war. Photographer John Dibbs went air-to-air with this machine, and we also find out what it’s like to fly.

As well as focusing on the Shturmovik, this month’s FlyPast has a strong warbird theme, with profiles and images of just a few of the world’s most impressive flyers. We include Canadian Lysanders, an Australian Mustang, the RNHF’s newly restored Fairey Swordfish Mk.I and much more.

Our popular Spotlight section focuses on a much admired British jet, the Blackburn / HS Buccaneer. This robust machine enjoyed a long service career – we look back on its record in both war and peace, and feature exclusive artwork and images.

As IWM Duxford prepares for its Battle of Britain Air Show, we reflect on the airfield’s role in 1940.

David Coxon and Hugh Trevor profile Sgt Dennis Noble, one of The Few, and a Hurricane exhibit at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.

The remarkable Twin Mustang’s use in the Korean War is explained by Warren E Thompson.

We also visit spectacular airshows both in the UK and in the States, and join Luigi Vallero for a trip to a French aviation museum in Toulouse. Artist Pete West presents several colour profiles of Bristol Blenheims that flew with overseas air arms, and we bring you news of a newly flown Messerschmitt Bf 109G.