Aeroplane Monthly - October 2019

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NEWS AND COMMENT

FROM THE EDITOR

NEWS
• He 219 restoration completed
• ‘Raspberry Ripple’ Phantom saved
• Pilot reunited with Greek Spitfire… and the month’s other top aircraft preservation news

WORKSHOP
The VL Myrsky fighter being reborn in the type’s native Finland

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’s subject is the Tupolev Tu-134

REVIEWS
The latest aviation books and products in the spotlight

EVENTS

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FEATURES

ULTIMATE FIGHTERS
The UK’s spectacular new warbird aerobatic team

KLM AND THE AUSTIN A40
How a DC-4 from the Dutch national airline supported a very British record attempt

BODDINGTON BE2c
The 50th anniversary of a very special First World War replica

SEAFIRES ON ‘DRAGOON’
Fleet Air Arm fighter-bombers supporting 1944’s invasion of the south of France

AEROPLANE MEETS… KEITH SKILLING
Big pistons have long loomed large in the life of the renowned New Zealand warbird pilot

HAWKER P1072
Useful groundwork for the development of British rocket fighters

DATABASE: SAUNDERS-ROE ROCKET FIGHTERS
Rocket-powered interceptors proved to be a dead end for Britain but, as Tony Buttler details, the SR53 and SR177 projects were at the leading edge

AEROPLANE ARCHIVE
A buccaneering post-war air transport company, and its engineering offshoot

BRITISH BOMBERS: 32-PAGE SPECIAL SECTION

CUXHAVEN RAID
The audacious strike against the Cuxhaven Zeppelin sheds on Christmas Day 1914

NO 82 SQUADRON BLENHEIMS
How one unit was all but wiped out twice in a few months

PROJECT ‘HILLSIDE’
Bomber Command’s top-secret map-making facility

OPERATION ‘PARAVANE’
Before the destruction of the Tirpitz, RAF Lancasters mounted a challenging mission from Russia

VALIANT B2
The ‘Black Bomber’ was the most menacing of the ‘V-bombers’, but was never allowed to prove its worth