Aeroplane Monthly - November 2013

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Night-Fighter Mission to Rabaul
Warren E. Thompson spoke to Lt Al Lukas, who planned and flew a single aircraft P-70 “Night Hawk” night strike against the Japanese stronghold at Rabaul

Blenheim Rebirth
Jarrod Cotter recently visited the Aircraft Restoration Company’s workshops to speak to John Romain about recent progress in the return to flight of Blenheim G-BPIV in its new Mk I guise

Never Failing!
Martyn Chorlton outlines 98 Sqn’s operations while flying the Mitchell from September 1942 through to May 1945, which earned the unit the Battle Honours Fortress Europe 1943-44, Normandy 1944, France & Germany 1944-45 and Rhine

American lightplanes of the 1930s
American light aircraft are a common sight in Britain today, but the invasion started in a small way during the 1930s as Mike Hooks explains

Oris Aviators’ Academy
Jarrod Cotter reports from the Swiss Alps, where a fleet of historic aircraft are receiving the generous support of watch manufacturer Oris. This pictorial presentation shows a variety of them

Defenders of the Mountain Fronts Part 2
Luigino Caliaro concludes the story of 71 Squadriglia Caccia, one of the most prominent units of the Italian Regio Esercito that fought in the First World War

A tribute to the “Queen of the Skies”
To mark the imminent retirement of the VC10 from RAF service after more than 47 years, Aeroplane artist Tim O’Brien presents an oil painting of an air-to-air refuelling scene and a selection of oil sketches depicting scenes from on board one of these steadfast workhorses during a typical sortie

General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
In a 46-year long operational career that only recently ended with the RAAF in 2010, the pioneering F-111 introduced a host of new technologies into the production of military aircraft. Peter Davies tells the story of the world’s first production variable-geometry aircraft.

All the latest preservation news, compiled by Tony Harmsworth

Register Review
Mike Hooks presents our column on registration news

Aircrew – Pioneer Otto Lilienthal
James Kightly looks at the work of an early aviator whose work with gliders paved the way for later airmen. Illustration

From the Aeroplane Archives
To complement this issue’s workshop report on the Bristol    Blenheim, we present a cutaway  drawing which was published  in the June 16, 1937 issue of The Aeroplane

A selection of readers’ letters


Event listings for October 2012


Flight Lieutenant Andrew Fyvie-Rae to Gareth Stringer about his aviation career

Your questions asked, and answered, with Mike Hooks


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