FlyPast - August 2013

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Night Invader
B-26 navigator Charles Hinton describes a nocturnal mission over North Korea that almost ended in disaster.

Eagle Squadron salute
Four Duxford-based warbirds flew a moving tribute to Americans serving in the RAF and USAAF. Rachel Morris reports.

Kittyhawk comeback
The story behind the eye-catching new paint scheme on Peter Teichman’s UK-based Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk.

Duxford’s ¬film stars
We go backstage and report on Duxford’s latest warbird film stars.

Remembering the Dambusters
Events and flypasts to mark the 70th anniversary of the legendary dams raid.

Rise of the Dornier
The RAF Museum has succeeded in its attempt to recover a unique Luftwaffe bomber from the sea bed. We report on an epic project.

Spitfire leader
Barry Marsden concludes his look at an aviation-minded Derbyshire family and the World War Two career of Spitfire pilot Frank Woolley.

Spotlight - Boulton Paul De¬fiant

Origin and History
A look at the history of the World War Two turret-fighter.

Men Behind the Defiant
Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork highlights two pilots who had impressive successes on the Defiant.

Inside the Defiant
Cutaway artwork of the Boulton Paul fighter.

Defiant in Profile
Andrew Thomas describes the Defiant’s role as a target tug, with Pete West artwork.

In Combat
The many highs and lows of the Defiant’s wartime career are recounted by Andrew Thomas.

A look at the sole complete survivor, the RAF Museum’s Defiant Mk.I N1671.


The Way We Were
The story of 216 Squadron, the RAF’s airlift specialists, is told by Sqn Ldr Andrew Thomas.

What’s New
The latest books, prints and other aviation collectibles receive the FlyPast verdict.

Glory Days
Cliff Blundell presents a portfolio of his father’s time flying Avro Lincolns during the Malayan Emergency.

For Valour
Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork profiles Canadian VC recipient Andrew Mynarski.

Museums – Sywell
Ken Ellis visits the Northampton aerodrome’s fine tribute to the area’s heritage.

Reports and images from recent shows at home and overseas.

FlyPost and ‘Ops’ Board
Readers’ letters and dates for your diary.

From the Workshop – de Havilland
Ben Dunnell visits the superb de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre in Hertfordshire.

Lockheed F-104A Starfighter.