FlyPast - June 2018

£4.80 (Approx $6.12 or €5.38)



Moonlit assassins
Warren E Thompson reflects on the use of Corsairs, Skyknights and Tigercats as nocturnal predators in the Korean War.

Sting in the tail
Darren Harbar outlines the role of the de Havilland Queen Bee drone and details the three survivors.

Skyraider duo
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s two Douglas Skyraiders are profiled by Luigino Caliaro.

Post-war guardians
Mick Britton recalls the Flexible Response ‘Coronet’ deployments from America during the height of the Cold War.

Dornier at war
The use of Germany’s distinctive Dornier Do 17 bomber in the early stages of World War Two is analysed by Chris Goss.

Canadian steel
Flt Lt Robert Butts overcame a tricky start to become a leading Pathfinder pilot. Terence Leversedge tells his story.

Silver screen
Seventy-five years after the Dambusters raid, the film that it inspired has been restored for cinema and DVD. Steve Beebee reports.

War in the Desert

Steve McLean charts the exploits of the South African Air Force’s 4 Squadron, which flew Curtiss P-40 Tomahawks and Kittyhawks.

Hard-pressed RAF units flew the Bristol twins into combat against Italian fighters in the early days of the conflict, as Andrew Thomas explains.

Bryn Evans details the hazardous strikes undertaken by torpedo-equipped Vickers Wellingtons against Axis shipping.

RAF 100

Phantom school
Ian Black describes how aircrew made the transition to the Phantom – a type he describes as “the choice of kings”.

In Profile
An artist’s impression of a colourful Hawker Hurricane used in wartime radar trials.

Ken Ellis shares memories of an RAF event held at Abingdon in 1968 to mark the service’s 50th anniversary.

Over France
With Hitler turning his attention to Russia, the RAF intensified its sweeps over France.


Museums – China
Noel Forsyth takes a walk around the vast China Aviation Museum near Beijing.

From The Workshop
Yorkshire’s Jet Art Aviation has restored a race-winning Harrier jump jet. Chris Wilson reflects on this labour of love.

Glory Days
A gallery of rare colour views from Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Readers’ letters.

English Electric Lightning.