FlyPast - May 2016

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RAF Fortress
The problematic introduction of the Flying Fortress into RAF service is described by Paul Bingley.

Condor Legion
Chris Goss explains how Germany used the Spanish Civil War as a proving ground for tactics it would employ during World War Two.

Secrets of Orford Ness
Chris Gilson and Darren Harbar visit the National Trust site at Orford Ness, now a treasure trove of British aviation history.

Orchid Lancaster
David Clark describes how a derelict Lancaster rendered one last service to its country by enabling another to fly.

Defending Malta
The dramatic turning point of the air war over Malta is detailed by Joseph Galea Debono.

Cold War Warriors
Tom Docherty profiles the Convair F-106, an exceptional air defender that coupled potent weapons with computer controlled intercept methods.

Italian interceptor
Torsten Nilsson examines the use of the Italian-designed Reggiane Re.2000 in Swedish hands.

Buccaneers clean up
Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork reflects on a valiant airborne attempt to avoid an environmental disaster.

True Audacity
In his last interview, Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown spoke to Dave Unwin about flying Wildcats from the smallest flight deck ever operated by the Royal Navy.

Spotlight: Grumman Hellcat
Spotlight shines on a legendary World War Two ¬fighter, the versatile and resilient Grumman Hellcat. It is arguably the most signi¬ficant member of the US manufacturer’s ‘cat family’. The Hellcat was mostly used as a carrier-based naval ¬fighter, and achieved great success in the Paci¬fic theatre. We scrutinise the aircraft’s history and its use in combat.


Glory Days
A photographic look back at the perils of landing on carriers in World War Two.

From The Workshop
Chris Gilson visits the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar where several historic aircraft are being restored to fly.

Storch Flight
Our resident warbird pilot Dave Unwin goes flying in a Fieseler Storch at Old Warden.

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

For Valour
Graham Pitchfork reflects on the heroism of Kenneth Campbell who made a crucial attack on a German warship.

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