Aeroplane Monthly - May 2018

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Devastators found in the deep
• Shuttleworth Spitfire flies again
• Mosquito mania in UK and NZ … 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

SKYWRITERS

Q&A
Your questions asked and answered

BRIEFING FILE
Looking under the skin of aviation technology and tactics — this month, how the Cierva Autogiro family worked so well

REVIEWS
The latest in aviation books

NEXT MONTH

NO 617 SQUADRON 75TH ANNIVERSARY

THE DAMS RAID
Different perspectives on Operation ‘Chastise’: the background, the pivotal role of Avro’s Roy Chadwick, and German plans to retaliate

WIZERNES RAIDS
617’s attacks on a V2 bunker in northern France

TANKEX TO SYDNEY
Another ‘first’ for 617 took place during its Vulcan years — a non-stop flight from England to Australia

CENTRESPREAD AND NO 617 SQUADRON TIMELINE

FEATURES

RAF IN RUSSIA
One of the newly formed RAF’s first operations after World War One saw it supporting anti-Bolshevik forces in Russia

ON THE BEECH
An adventure with a difference: around the world in a Beech 18 with a hot-air balloon

ST JOHN’S AIR FORCE
Humanitarian missions by the Savoia-Marchetti SM82s of the Order of St John

THE MEKONG MAULER
A superbly restored Cessna Bird Dog pays tribute to Vietnam forward air controllers — one in particular

AEROPLANE MEETS … RICK PEACOCK-EDWARDS
The president of the Historic Aircraft Association, a fighter pilot through and through

DATABASE: FAIRCHILD C-82
Simon Beck tells the chequered story of Fairchild’s Packet, an unsung airlift pioneer

AEROPLANE ARCHIVE: AUSTER G-AERO
The Aeroplane’s own aircraft and its historic carrier landings

VINTAGE AIRSHOWS

WIN!
A day with The Fighter Collection and Flying Legends 2018 tickets

FLYING LEGENDS
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Fighter Collection’s fantastic warbird show

SHUTTLEWORTH BEHIND THE SCENES
Organising Old Warden’s ever-improving displays

AIRSHOW CALENDAR 2018
Your full listing of events in the UK and overseas