FlyPast - February 2014

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Bomber Pilot
Nigel Turner’s extraordinary military flying career is detailed by Robert Dixon.

Mosquito Jailbreak
Seventy years ago this month a daring Mosquito raid resulted in an unlikely prison breakout.

V for Victor
Ian Finch witnesses Handley Page Victor K.2 XL231 ‘Lusty Lindy’ firing up at Elvington.

Invader Hit!
Navigator Charles W Hinton recalls a terrifying moment flying in a B-26 Invader over North Korea.

Arabian Hunters
Nigel Walpole reflects on flying the Hawker Hunter in Aden.

Return of the Hurricane
Darren Harbar profiles a Battle of France-era Hawker Hurricane that has returned ‘home’.

Supermarine Spitfire
Celebrating an icon of British military aviation, we present a series of articles and images focusing on the fighter’s heritage and a few of those that still fly today.

Andy Thomas pays tribute to some of the Spitfire’s most successful pilots.

A victory achieved by a high-altitude version of the fighter is described.

Rachel Morris witnesses a formation flight by two twin-seat Spitfires.

Vladimir Kotelnikov reveals the fighter’s combat career with Soviet forces.

Rachel Morris profiles the recently re-flown Spitfire LF.XVIe RW382 of the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.

Spotlight - Armstrong Whitworth Whitley

Origin and History
A look back at the bomber’s history.

Inside the Whitley
Cutaway artwork of a Mk.V.

Men Behind the Whitley
Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork profiles three famous bomber pilots who flew the Whitley.

Whitley in Pro¬file
Pete West artwork of a Coastal Command variant.

In Combat
Pilot Hubert Walters survived several close scrapes in Whitleys, as described by Sean Feast.

A rocket-assisted take-off version of the Whitley.


From The Workshop
Ken Ellis visits the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at Cosford during its special open week.

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

Museum - Berlin
A visit to the Berlin Gatow Museum with Ben Dunnell.

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

Glory Days
A portfolio of archive images taken from the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle.

Warbirds from the Texas Flying Legends Museum.