FlyPast - May 2017

£4.70 (Approx $6.83 or €6.01)



Double trouble
One of the most unusual weapons in the Luftwaffe’s World War Two armoury was the Mistel composite bomber. Chris Goss tells its remarkable story.

Mitchell mission
The Brenner Pass was well defended by the Germans in the last days of the war. Thomas Cleaver describes how B-25 crews of the 57th Bomb Wing broke through.

Flying B-25s
A round-up of Mitchells that are maintained in airworthy condition.

Snow bird
Stephen Chapis talks to Virginia-based John Elliott about his rare Stearman, designed for Canadian winters.

Vulcan’s future
The Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s Dr Robert Pleming reveals future plans for XH558 and the Trust’s other exhibits in our exclusive interview.

English Electric Lightning
We pay tribute to a homegrown Cold War legend – the potent English Electric Lightning.


Ken Ellis continues his survey of British post-war manufacturers with the successful Hawker fighter dynasty.

Readers’ letters and dates for your diary.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Coventry’s Midland Air Museum, John Berkeley describes how the pioneering collection got started.

Glory Days
Previously unseen images of a wartime exercise at Debden involving Bristol Blenheims and Hawker Hectors.

From The Workshop
A close look at Boeing B-29 Superfortress T-Square 54, now resident within the Museum of Flight’s Aviation Pavilion.

The Way We Were
Andrew Thomas recounts the history of the RAF’s XV Squadron.

Hawker Hunter.

Flypast Spotlight
Westland Whirlwind

A day with the Fighter Collection. Also win tickets for Flying Legends airshow and the RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day.