FlyPast - May 2018

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COMPETITION

WIN!
A day with the Fighter Collection and tickets for Flying Legends Air Show.

FEATURES

Intruders over Vietnam
Tom Docherty talks to A-6 Intruder aircrew about their time over the Ho Chi Minh Trail and Hanoi.

Beasts to the East
The well-armed Messerschmitt Bf 110 took a heavy toll on Russian opposition in the early years of Operation Barbarossa. Mikhail Timin explains.

Alone and unarmed
Spencer Ring was a pioneer of British photographic reconnaissance. Andrew Fletcher charts his exceptional career.

Flying tribute
The latest news and images from Coningsby, home to the legendary RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

WINGS OVER THE EAST

RISING SUN
Michael Claringbould and Peter Ingman assess early Japanese operations in the South Pacific.

JUNGLE HUNTERS
Hunter pilot Roy Gamblin remembers his days opposing Indonesian forces over Malaya.

EASTERN SPITFIRE
Air-to-air photography of our cover star, Spitfire XIV NH799, by Gavin Conroy.

IN PROFILE
Andy Hay artwork of a Bristol Beaufighter that flew with the Royal Australian Air Force in the Pacific theatre.

DAY OF THE THUNDERBOLT
RAF Thunderbolts were flown with distinction during the Burma campaign, as Andrew Thomas relates.

RAF 100

Glory Days
A gallery of rarely seen images showing retired airframes being put to instructional use during World War Two.

Record-breaker
Mike Pugh describes how 43 Squadron achieved a new flying record – using a Phantom.

Icelandic mystery
Karl Smári Hreinsson and Shona Fergus explore the circumstances behind the crash of a Coastal Command Wellington.

Mustangs over Italy
South African pilot Bryan Chiazzari’s experiences flying Mustangs with 213 Squadron.

REGULARS

From The Workshop
A two-seat Hispano Buchón is flying in the UK. Chris Gilson visits Air Leasing, the operator of this former film star.

Museums – Brooklands
Chris Gilson and photographer Darren Harbar explore Surrey’s superb Brooklands Museum.

From The Workshop
No Hawker Typhoon has flown since 1947. Steve Beebee visits a project that’s aiming to restore and fly a unique survivor.

FlyPost
Readers’ letters.

What’s New
The latest books, DVDs and models receive the FlyPast verdict.

Manufacturers – de Havilland
War transformed de Havilland into a British aviation giant. Ken Ellis describes its triumphs – and occasional tragedies.

Finals
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.