FlyPast - June 2014xx
FREE Double-sided Commemorative D-Day Poster*
This double-sided, large-scale poster details the units, routes and drop zone used by the airborne forces on D-Day, plus artwork depicting the first para-drops on June 6, 1944.
A special section looking at how the action unfolded on June 6, 1944.
Airborne to Normandy
Graham Pitchfork describes the challenges and triumphs of the airborne forces during Operation Overlord.
Typhoon in Action
Images from the Imperial War Museum showing Hawker Typhoons in action on or around D-Day.
The story of a Duxford-based P-47 Thunderbolt pilot who had to bale out over France shortly after the invasion.
Patrick Otter describes a raid made by Avro Lancaster ‘J-Jig’ just before midnight on June 5, 1944.
The effectiveness of the Luftwaffe’s reaction to the invasion is assessed by Chris Goss.
Spotlight Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
Origin and History
We scrutinize the famous bomber’s history.
The B-52 is compared to two other heavy bombers.
Men Behind the B-52
Robert F Dorr examines the early years of the Stratofortress.
B-52 in Pro¬ le
Pete West artwork of a Stratofortress that served during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The B-52’s role in the Vietnam War is described by Robert F Dorr.
A look at IWM Duxford’s largest exhibit, its B-52D.
Steve Beebee talks to Sid Rudland about his time in Sri Lanka assisting the producers of the 1954 war film The Purple Plain.
De Havilland Sea Vixen XP924 was the star at a special night photography event. Matthew Willis was there.
Sea Fury Returns
The Royal Navy Historic Flight’s magnificent Hawker Sea Fury T.20 is profiled by Richard Paver.
The Admiral’s Aircraft
Andy Foan’s distinctive VIP-schemed Beech C-45 is detailed by Lee Howard.
The Shuttleworth Collection’s remarkable Polikarpov Po-2 is described by Darren Harbar.
FlyPost and ‘Ops’ Board
Readers’ letters and dates for your diary.
Visits to airshows in the US and Australia, and a list of forthcoming UK events.
Graham Pitchfork reflects on the career of VC recipient William Leefe Robinson.
David Howley describes the insignia used on Spitfires in US service.
A pictorial tribute to the Douglas family of four-engined propliners.
The Way We Were
Andrew Thomas’ series on RAF heritage turns to 203 Squadron, currently celebrating its centenary.