Aeroplane Monthly - October 2014

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Clandestine Overflights
Doug Gordon reveals what happened during the Republic of China Air Force’s clandestine overflights over the Chinese mainland in the 1950s

Towed across the Atlantic
Many aircraft were ferried across the Atlantic during World War Two, but a unique operation in summer 1943 involved a glider, as Mike Hooks relates

Eastern fighters go wild in the west
It is always good to see young blood entering the warbird world, especially on the restoration side, as Luigino Caliaro discovered when he visited Wild Warbirds’ Eastern-built FM-2 Wildcat

Bückers Brilliant Biplanes
Expansion of the German Air Force in the 1930s led to requirements for new trainers, initially two-seaters, later a single-seater and the demands were met by the Jungmann and Jungmeister, two types which celebrate their 80th anniversary this year, as Mike Hooks describes

The World’s Greatest Air Race
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 12,000-mile MacRobertson Trophy air race Steve Slater looks back at the challenging event

Grosvenor House Flies Again
Early on the morning of August 1 the Shuttleworth Collection’s de Havilland DH88 Comet returned to the skies, as Darren Harbar reports

Britain’s Buchón Bad Guys
The Hispano Buchón has a chequered history as a warbird but two immaculate examples currently grace the UK airshow scene, as Richard Paver reveals

A Story of Survival
As the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster X makes a historic visit to UK skies Doug Fisher looks at the history of this very special survivor

Working with Winkle
Filmmaker Nicholas Jones concludes the story of working with 95-year old former test pilot Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown

“The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration”
Jamie Ewan reports from the 2014 AirVenture show at Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Pretty Polly
The Bell P-63 Kingcobra is often overlooked in favour of more well-known US combat types. Mike Shreeve looks at the development of this complex aircraft and describes the history of the Palm Springs Air Museum’s P-63A ‘Pretty Polly’

All the latest preservation news, compiled by Tony Harmsworth

Hangar Talk
Steve Slater’s “insider” comment on the historic aviation world

Aircrew – Empire Flying Boat Pilot
James Kightly looks at the glamorous era of 1930s flying boat captain

From the Archives
Purpose-built agricultural aircraft must rank as some of the ugliest flying machines ever built, and the October 12, 1956 issue of The Aeroplane reported on the launch of a new, Australian entry into that niche market, the P-7 Tanker

Preservation profile
Hawker Hunter T.7 XL577 / G-XMHD is now a familiar part of the MidAir Squadron display team. Richard Paver tells its story


UK event listings for September 2014

Hooks’ Tours
This month Mike Hooks illustrates some of the types used by the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Armed Forces

Flying Visit

Gareth Stringer speaks to Lauren Richardson, one of the most talented and accomplished aerobatic and display pilots in the UK, as well as one of the youngest at just 27 years old

Your questions asked, and answered, with Mike Hooks

Database: Convair B-58 Hustler
Remarkably, the world's first supersonic nuclear-capable bomber was the result of a programme started in the 1940s. Though it never used its weapons in anger, the Convair B-58 Hustler was, for many, the face of the modern United States Air Force. As told by Franҫois Prins


This month’s Hairy Moment was provided by Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar, IAF (Retd), who suffered roll control problems while flying a Gnat