Aeroplane Monthly - February 2019

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• Blenheim and Lysander rides on cards
• DC-6 bound for St Athan museum
• German Bf 109Gs change hands … 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

HOOKS’ TOURS
More superb colour images from the late Mike Hooks’ collection. This month, a selection of Westland Dragonfly and Widgeon helicopters — and an interloping Sikorsky S-51

REVIEWS
The latest aviation books rated

NEXT MONTH

FEATURES

BIGGIN HILL HERITAGE HANGAR
Spitfire rides and restorations are burgeoning at the impressive Kent facility PLUS a ‘from the workshop’ report on the rebuild of the Hellenic Air Force Museum’s Spitfire IX

BERLIN AIRLIFT SALUTE
Contrasting experiences of flights to Berlin: first-hand accounts of the airlift and a memorable Dakota sortie a decade ago

RAF AND THE U-2
In the second half of our feature on U-2 operations by RAF pilots, we examine Project ‘Jackson’, which kept Britain involved after the Powers shootdown - and ask whether the RAF could seriously have acquired its own U-2s

MOSQUITO HJ711
Almost 50 years ago, Tony Agar started collecting Mosquito parts at his home. Now he has a complete, engine-running night fighter version. This is the incredible story of how it happened

TARRANT TABOR
It was too late to bomb Berlin during World War One, and this gigantic heavy’s sole flight ended in disaster

COCARDES MARINE
The organisation that helps promote French naval aviation heritage and links past and present through memorable formation displays

AEROPLANE MEETS … DAVID CYSTER
He flew a Tiger Moth to Australia, a Dragon Rapide to the Cape - and he’s still displaying Tigers 40-odd years later

DATABASE: HAWKER NIMROD
The classic Hawker naval biplane fighter, and its unusual development, is described by maritime aviation expert Matt Willis

AEROPLANE ARCHIVE: AW ALBEMARLE
The Armstrong Whitworth twin that met nobody’s expectations