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FlyPast March 2016

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Marking the 80th anniversary of Britain’s most famous fighter, the latest edition of FlyPast presents a special, 30-page section celebrating the history of the iconic Supermarine Spitfire. This extended, bumper-sized 132-page magazine looks at the aircraft’s origins, its use in combat, and describes what it’s like to fly one today.

Spotlight Macchi
Our regular Spotlight section profiles the sleek Macchi C.202, considered by many to be Italy’s most successful fighter of World War Two. With exclusive artwork and rarely seen archive images, we take a close look at this rarely written about machine.

Californian Corsair
Frank B Mormillo profiles the Planes of Fame Vought Corsair and the gull-winged fighter’s heritage.

Hendon Hopes
New editor Chris Gilson talks to the RAF Museum’s chief executive officer Maggie Appleton about plans for the attraction.

The Mighty ‘Thud’
Tom Docherty talks to air and ground crew about Republic’s charismatic heavyweight, the F-105 Thunderchief.

Sqn Ldr Clive Rowley takes a look behind the scenes at Coningsby as the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight prepares its aircraft for the year ahead.

We also reflect on the history of British manufacturers Gloster and Folland, who built a number of legendary Cold War-era fighters and trainers, and we go air-to-air in Canada with a pair of T-28 Trojans. Graham Pitchfork pays tribute to Great War VC recipient Thomas Mottershead, and we bring you news of a quartet of Hispano Buchóns that are arriving in the UK, and an Avro Shackleton that’s also on the move. Don’t miss this packed issue.