FlyPast - September 2014

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Lancaster Mission
Lancaster pilot Cliff Black had an unusual passenger for a raid on the Ruhr. Ken Wright and Anne Gafiuk investigate.

D-Day Spit¬fire
Richard Paver profiles Holland’s airworthy Mk.IX and its days of combat over Normandy.

The Dream That Died
Memories of the doomed TSR.2 project from the notes of test pilot Roland Beamont.

Night Shoot
Images from a recent night photography event at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Arnhem Remembered
Andy Thomas describes how Allied fighters attempted to protect troopcarrying Dakotas and gliders over the Arnhem drop zone.

Keeping the Vulcan Alive
The owners of Avro Vulcan B.2 XH558 tell Steve Beebee about their plans for the rest of the jet’s flying life.

Spotlight Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Origin and History
We scrutinize the type’s history.

Thunderbolt in Profile
Pete West artwork of an RAF P-47 that flew in Egypt.

Men Behind the Thunderbolt
Graham Pitchfork chronicles the experiences of three P-47 pilots.

In Combat
Warren E Thompson describes how the Thunderbolt was used in wartime, and why USAAF pilots came to be thankful for its robust characteristics.

A list of Republic P-47 Thunderbolts that are still flying.


For Valour
Graham Pitchfork pays tribute to Ian Bazalgette, a Pathfinder cited for his “courage beyond praise”.

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

Reports from shows, including Flying Legends and Old Warden’s Military Pageant.

Museums – Pembroke Dock
Ken Ellis visits a flying-boat themed museum in south west Wales.

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

Manufacturers – Avro
The Manchester-based aviation giant is profiled by Ken Ellis.

Boeing P-26A Peashooter.