FlyPast - December 2016

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Pearl Harbor DAY OF INFAMY...
We remember the ‘day of infamy’ – December 7, 1941 – when Japan attacked the US fleet at Pearl Harbor, triggering America’s entry into World War Two.

Strike from above
Alan Zimm examines Japanese tactics during the strike on Pearl Harbor, including new information that has only recently come to light.

James Busha profiles Lt Col Besby Frank Holmes, a novice pilot during the Pearl Harbor attack, who later went on to shoot down its executor, Admiral Yamamoto.

Rising Sun
Peter Scott presents artwork of several Japanese aircraft types used on December 7, 1941.

Year ‘Zero’
The Mitsubishi ‘Zero’ was a potent weapon during the attack – Chris Gilson looks at the Seattle-based Flying Heritage Collection’s aircraft in detail.


BBMF Spitfire
Sqn Ldr Clive Rowley recounts the story behind the new colours worn by Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire PS915.

Tiger Squadron
Tony Clay explains how Vietnam veteran Phantoms found their way to Britain and a new lease of life with the RAF’s 74 ‘Tiger’ Squadron.

Korean Corsairs
Vought Corsairs provided vital air support for the US Marine Corps in Korea, as Warren E Thompson reveals.


Ken Ellis visits the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum in Scotland.

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

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

Stefan Schmoll reports from a gathering of historic types at Hahnweide, Germany.

From the Workshop
Darren Harbar visits jet restoration specialists Jet Art Aviation, who are working on a remarkable Supermarine Swift project.

Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk.

Spotlight: Hawker Tempest
This month, Spotlight shines on the Hawker Tempest. A development of the Typhoon, it was intended to address the older machine’s drop in performance at high altitude. The Tempest ended up being one of the fastest propellerdriven aircraft of the war, and became a preferred tool for countering the V-1 bomb threat. With exclusive features and brand new artwork, we re¬flect on one of the RAF’s ultimate wartime   fighters.