FlyPast - December 2015

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Beaufighter warrior
Barry M Marsden pays tribute to the exploits of Harold Hunt, master of the Beaufighter.

Stratofortress gunner
The B-52 was the last US bomber to have a gunner in the crew. Tom Docherty talked to veterans about life in the tail.

Towering success
Nigel Price spent a night at a former RAF control tower that has been converted into a B&B.

Nine alive – Messerschmitt returns
Lt Col ‘Cricket’ Renner talks to Klaus Plasa about piloting a Bf 109G, with photography by John Dibbs.

Dakota salute
Steve Beebee visits a former RAF Dakota that’s being restored as a tribute to the Army’s Airborne Forces.

Memorial Flight
The BBMF attended the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association’s members’ day on October 4. Tom Allett reports.


Museum – Malta
We chart the latest developments at the Malta Aviation Museum.

For Valour
Graham Pitchfork pays tribute to Lanoe Hawker, the first pilot to receive the VC for aerial combat.

Glory Days
Rarely seen images depicting the Handley Page Halifax’s brief post-war career as a transport.

Reviews and images from major events at home and overseas.

From The Workshop – Mosquito
Restoration leader Bob Glasby describes the final stages of readying Mosquito W4050 for its 75th birthday.

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

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

Typhoon and Spitfire.

Westland Lysander

Origin and History
We describe the distinctive monoplane’s history.

Inside the Lysander
Cutaway artwork of a Mk.III.

Men Behind the Lysander
Graham Pitchfork charts the careers of three of the type’s leading exponents.

Lysander in Profile
Andy Hay artwork of a Lysander that flew with the Royal Egyptian Air Force.

In Combat
Andy Thomas explains how Canada used the Lizzie to counter enemy submarines.

A list of Lysanders on display around the world.