FlyPast - November 2015

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Liberator down
Nigel Walpole examines the events that led to the loss of Joe Kennedy Jr in a Consolidated B-24 Liberator.

Roar of the MiG
Charles Kennedy sampled a Cold War icon as it returned to Eastern Europe to begin a new life as a jet for hire.

Saluting The Few
We report from Biggin Hill where a special flypast took place to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain’s ‘hardest day’, August 18.

Great War ¬flyer
Andrew Carter reflects on the challenges and joys of flying a newly built Fokker E.III Eindecker.

Fast as Lightning
The deployment of a Thunder Cityoperated English Electric Lightning to Namibia is described by Ian Black.


On November 25, 1940, de Havilland’s legendary Mosquito took to the air for the first time. To mark the 75th anniversary of the Mossie’s maiden flight, we present a series of features and images celebrating this remarkable creation.

Spotlight Consolidated Catalina

Origin and History
We describe the famous amphibian’s history.

Inside the Catalina
Cutaway artwork of a PBY-5A.

Men Behind the Catalina
Graham Pitchfork profiles three tenacious pilots who flew the Catalina with the RAF.

Catalina in Pro¬ le
Ted Williams artwork of a Catalina used for wartime passenger flights.

In Combat
Long-range Catalinas played a vital role in the Pacific, as Warren E Thompson explains.

Duxford survivor
The Catalina Society’s David Legg profiles Duxford’s airworthy PBY.


Reviews and images from major events at home and overseas.

From The Workshop – Canada
Darren Harbar reports from Ontario on the latest Canadian Warplane Heritage restoration projects.

Glory Days
For ten years West Malling was home to the jets of 500 Squadron. Robin Brooks profiles the ‘weekend’ fliers.

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

From The Workshop – US
A Boeing F4B-3 is gradually taking shape in California. Frank B Mormillo reports.

What’s New
The latest books, calendars and aviation-related merchandise receive the FlyPast verdict.

Boeing B-29 Superfortress.