Aeroplane Monthly - March 2018

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Cotton’s Lockheed 12 to France
• Ferocious Frankie leaves UK
• Robb’s Spitfire bound for Belgium … and the month’s other top aircraft preservation news

HANGAR TALK
Steve Slater’s comment on the historic aircraft world

FLIGHT LINE
Reflections on aviation history with Denis J. Calvert

REGULARS

Q&A
Your questions asked and answered

SKYWRITERS

BRIEFING FILE
Looking under the skin of aviation technology and tactics — this month, how to measure an aircraft’s weight of fire

REVIEWS
The latest aviation books in the spotlight

NEXT MONTH

FEATURES

THE ‘CHURCHILL WING’
The RAF Spitfire wing that Winston Churchill ordered to Australia — and Australian Spitfire wing leader ‘Bobby’ Gibbes at war

RAF SKYMASTERS
The Douglas transport’s brief British service, not least as Churchill’s personal VIP transport

VULCAN’S FIRST FAREWELL
Recalling XH558’s RAF retirement, 25 years ago

BAe LIGHTNINGS
The English Electric fighter’s last British service — helping development of its troubled replacement

LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM
Back in business at Houston’s Ellington Airport

CYGNET AND AERONCA
Building and restoring a pair of classic lightplanes

BOAC HALTON PROVING FLIGHT
A memorable voyage to desert climes

AEROPLANE MEETS … ALLAN WINN AND JULIAN TEMPLE
Two leading lights of Brooklands Museum look back

DATABASE: SOPWITH PUP
Matthew Willis details one of the First World War’s most outstanding fighting scouts

AEROPLANE ARCHIVE: SHACKLETON SALES WEEKENDS
Pioneering ‘shop windows’ for business and general aviation