FlyPast - February 2015

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Mosquito Search
Andy Fletcher describes the hunt for an Italian submarine by RAF photo-recce Mosquitos.

Fork-Tailed Devil
A Lockheed P-38 Lightning is to be restored in the UK, as Richard Grace explains.

Yeovilton Sea Vixen Richard Paver profiles de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 XP924, which now belongs to the Fly Navy Heritage Trust.

Lightning Over Singapore
Trevor MacDonald Bennett talks to Hugh Trevor about his time flying Lightning jets with 74 Squadron.

Warbirds Down Under
Gavin Conroy visits the New Zealand Warbirds Association and talks to some of its pilots.

Messerschmitt Bf 109
A special section focusing on the legendary Luftwaffe world war two fighter

A portfolio of Bf 109 frontline archive images

Luftwaffe historian Chris Goss profiles two Bf 109 pilots who were shot down during the Battle of Britain.

Pete West profiles seven Messerschmitts that served with air arms other than the Luftwaffe.

ARC boss John Romain describes what it’s like to fly the famous German fighter.

Spotlight: Short Sunderland

Origin and History

We scrutinize the flying-boat’s history.

Men Behind the Sunderland
Graham Pitchfork describes the roles and exploits of Sunderland aircrew.

Inside the Sunderland
A cutaway image of a Sunderland III.

Sunderland in Pro¬file
Pete West artwork of a darkly painted flying-boat used for nocturnal operations.

In Combat
Andrew Thomas reflects on the type’s varied use throughout World War Two.

An analysis of the Short Sunderland in RNZAF service after the war.


Museums – Greece
David Willis visits the Hellenic Air Force Museum which has recently opened its doors to the public.

For Valour
Graham Pitchfork recalls the courage of Wg Cdr John Nettleton who undertook a heroic daylight attack at tree-top height.

Peter R Foster attended the Open House show at Nellis air force base in Nevada.

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

Glory Days
A portfolio of the charismatic Bristol 170 heavy hauler.

Airfields – Bedfordshire
A tour of the county’s aviation heritage sites with Ken Ellis.

Avro Vulcan B.2 XM655