FlyPast - April 2018

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Your essential 32-page guide to all of 2018’s major airshows in the UK and overseas.


Swiss Hunters
Peter Lewis explains why a distinctively painted Hawker Hunter has won fame among a community in Switzerland.

Flying the Provost
Darren Harbar profiles the Shuttleworth Collection’s Percival Provost T.1, a greatly admired post-war trainer.

Korean emergency
Thomas McKelvey Cleaver describes a traumatic Korean War rescue mission – one that inspired James Michener’s bestselling novel ‘The Bridges at Toko-Ri’.

Defence of the Reich

Trail of the Komet
The rocket-propelled Me 163 was an unorthodox and often troublesome machine. Chris Goss describes its use against Allied aircraft.

Captive Eagles
A portfolio of images showing captured German aircraft on display at Farnborough’s Royal Aircraft Establishment.

Fighter vs Bomber
Warren E Thompson looks back on the closing chapter of World War Two, and tactics used by the Allies and Luftwaffe in the skies over Germany.

RAF 100

Nuclear age
Tony Buttler sheds light on a little-known aspect of the Handley Page Victor’s service life – sampling fallout from nuclear tests.

In Profile
Andy Hay artwork of a Victor that flew an essential refuelling sortie during the Falklands War.

Pitched into battle
Andrew Thomas examines 98 Squadron’s combat debut.

Under cover of moonlight
Through the recollections of Albemarle and Stirling pilot Rae Churchill, Ken Wright reveals the risky nature of special duty ‘ops’.


Museums – Bristol
Steve Beebee visits the recently opened Aerospace Bristol, home to the last Concorde and much more.

From The Workshop
Jürgen Schelling details efforts to return a Lockheed Super Constellation to the skies in Switzerland.

Glory Days
A photographic glimpse back at 1959’s Exercise Red Banner – several interesting types were used in a training operation from Salisbury Plain.

Readers’ letters.

For Valour
Graham Pitchfork profiles Richard Bell-Davies, a remarkable pioneer of naval aviation who displayed exemplary courage in World War One.

Sopwith Triplane.