FlyPast - December 2014

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FREE 2015 Calendar
This stunning A4 Calendar features an array of aviation imagery and important dates for 2015.

Tuskegee Tribute
Robert F Dorr describes the day when the Tuskegee Airmen got the edge over the potent Me 262.

Vietnam Chopper
Philip Chinnery examines the evolution of heavily-armed helicopter gunships during the Vietnam War.

Rolls-Royce Spit¬ re
We speak to Phill O’Dell about flying Supermarine Spitfire XIX PS853 and how it has come to represent a famous British brand.

Halifax By Night
The Yorkshire Air Museum recently rolled out its Handley Page Halifax for a memorable photo shoot.

Spit¬ res Down Under
Gavin Conroy captured Temora’s Spitfire pair on camera as they rehearsed for a flying day.

MiG Reborn
Luigino Caliaro profiles Mikoyan- Gurevich MiG-19 N406DM, which is now flying in the US. 

Sweden’s Lancaster
An Avro Lancaster was used for testing a jet engine in Sweden, as Jan Forsgren discovers.

Spotlight - Bristol Beaufighter

Origin and History
We scrutinize the type’s history.

Men Behind the Beaufighter
Graham Pitchfork profiles three leading exponents of the pugnacious Bristol machine.

Beaufighter in Profile
Adam Tooby artwork of an Australian Beaufighter.

In Combat
The versatile Beaufighter saw action in all theatres of World War Two, as Andrew Thomas describes.

We reflect on the Bristol Beaufighter’s final ‘kill’, scored by a 176 Squadron machine in Burma during March 1945.


Flying the Fortress
Contributing editor Dave Unwin gets behind the controls of the Collings Foundation’s Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress.

Over The Trenches
David Coxon and Hugh Trevor outline Tangmere Military Aviation Museum’s World War One tribute.

For Valour
Graham Pitchfork recounts the sacrifice of an Avro Manchester pilot on the first ‘Thousand Bomber’ raid.

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

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

Visits to Duxford’s September Air Show and the races at Reno.

De Havilland DH.88 Comet.