FlyPast - March 2016

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The Mighty ‘Thud’
Tom Docherty talks to air and groundcrew about Republic’s charismatic heavyweight, the F-105 Thunderchief.

Trojan Flight
Darren Harbar goes flying with a pair of North American T-28 Trojans over the Great Lakes in Canada.

Hendon Hopes
New editor Chris Gilson talks to the RAF Museum’s chief executive officer Maggie Appleton about plans for the attraction.

Californian Corsair
Frank B Mormillo profiles the Planes of Fame Corsair and the gull-winged fighter’s heritage.

Supermarine spitfire
Marking the 80th anniversary of Britain’s most famous fighter, we present a special section celebrating the history of the iconic Supermarine Spitfire.

Supermarine’s new fighter flew beautifully but mass producing them proved to be a serious challenge, as Ken Ellis explains.

Built side-by-side, one Spitfire lasted just 68 flying hours, while the other still graces the skies. Andrew Critchell tells the story of AR501 and AR502.

Lt Col Robert ‘Cricket’ Renner talks to Sqn Ldr Ian Smith about flying the Griffonpowered Mk.XVIII.

Flt Lt Warren Peglar tells Andrew Thomas about his combat experience with 501 Squadron.

Members of the public can now fly in a two-seat Spitfire from the famous World War Two fighter station Biggin Hill. Richard Verrall from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar offers a pilot’s perspective.

Spotlight Macchi C.202

Origin and History
We describe the sleek Italian fighter’s history.

Contemporaries compared
A look at how the ‘Folgore’ compared to similar fighters from the same era.

Men Behind the Macchi
Giovanni Massimello profiles the monoplane’s designer and two pilots who made it their own.

‘Folgore’ in Profile
Andy Hay artwork of the successful C.202 prototype.

In Combat
The Macchi gave the Italians an edge over RAF Hurricanes. Giovanni Massimello describes its combat debut.

War Archive
A selection of rarely seen wartime images of the Macchi fighter.


What’s New
The latest books, DVDs and aviation related products receive the FlyPast verdict.

From The Workshop
Sqn Ldr Clive Rowley takes a look behind the scenes at Coningsby as the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight prepares its aircraft for the year ahead.

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

For Valour
Graham Pitchfork pays tribute to Great War VC recipient Thomas Mottershead.

Manufacturers – Gloster and Folland
In his series on the post-war British aircraft industry, Ken Ellis turns to fighter specialists Gloster and Folland.

English Electric Lightning.