FlyPast - July 2015

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Blenheim brought down
On his debut ‘op’ Alfie Fripp failed to return and began six years as a PoW. Sean Feast recounts how his luck ran out.

Canada’s Lysander
Nigel Price profiles Canadian Warplane Heritage’s Toronto-built Westland Lysander.

Blackbird flight
Warren E Thompson interviews Bob Gilliland, the man who made the first ever flight in Lockheed’s awesome SR-71 Blackbird.

Thunder City Lightnings
Ian Black reports from South Africa where fast jet flyer Thunder City is looking to the future.

North Weald Mustang
Peter Teichman talks to Steve Beebee about plans for his immaculate North American P-51D Mustang ‘Jumpin’ Jacques’.

Brisfit flight
The Shuttleworth Collection’s Bristol F.2B recently flew alongside a modern day Hawk to mark 208 Squadron’s centenary.

Californian Messerschmitt
Frank B Mormillo profiles the CAF 3rd Pursuit Squadron’s Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun.

Star of Africa
Keith Gaskell pays tribute to a beautifully preserved Douglas DC-6.

Spotlight Dornier Do 17
This month Spotlight shines on the twin-engined Dornier Do 17, one of the Luftwaffe’s three principal bombers of World War Two. Having made its combat debut in the Spanish Civil War, successive generations of Do 17 served effectively as part of Hitler’s Blitzkrieg and beyond. We describe the machine’s history and the experiences of those who ¬ flew them.


Glory Days
Rarely seen images of Avro Shackleton prototypes.

Visits to two major US events and some season-opening displays in the UK.

Museum - Duxford
Several large exhibits have been removed from Duxford’s American Air Museum in preparation for the building’s revamp.

Museum – Thailand
Peter R Foster reports from Thailand’s Air Force Museum as it slowly recovers from flood damage.

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

From The Workshop
Andrew Carter describes the recreation of an airworthy Fokker E.III Eindecker.

Airfields – Pembrokeshire
Ken Ellis reveals the Welsh county’s intriguing aviation heritage.

Eurofighter and Spitfire.