FlyPast - Sept 2018

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RAF100 – Polish hero
Sean Feast profiles Eugeniusz Nowakiewicz, a fearless Polish fighter pilot who gave no quarter.

Treated like royalty
DHC Chipmunk WP903 has been flown by three members of the Royal Family.  Darren Harbar reflects on its history.

Canadian Lancaster
Eric Dumigan pays tribute to ‘VeRA’, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s airworthy Avro Lancaster B.X.

Maple Leaf warriors
The RCAF’s 404 Squadron flew Bristol Beaufighters in World War Two. Terry Higgins details the unit’s exploits.

Oh, Vienna
Luigino Caliaro describes how the Italians sent a message into the heart of their Austro-Hungarian enemy by ‘bombing’ Vienna.

Fine art showcase
Chris Clifford reports from the annual Guild of Aviation Artists exhibition in London.

Star-spangled Spit¬fires
American fighter pilots went to war in Europe in Spitfires. Warren E Thompson relates the experiences of the 31st Fighter Group.

RAF100 – 98 Squadron
Continuing our series of articles to mark the RAF’s centenary, Andrew Thomas charts the life and times of 98 Squadron.

Flying the Harvard
Duxford-based Classic Wings has acquired a new Harvard for passenger flights. FlyPast editor Chris Clifford dons his flying suit to take a spin.


  • Meteor flies in US
  • Starfighter joins Spanish collection
  • Peacemaker being refurbished
  • Vampire’s new colours
  • Super Constellation progress
  • New York’s SPAD flying again

Spotlight: Messerschmitt Bf 109E

Men Behind the Machine
‘Jochen’ Schypek flew the dynamic Messerschmitt Bf 109E in combat.  Chris Goss tells his story.

Messerschmitt in profile
Andy Hay presents artwork of a Bf 109E from JG 2 that flew in the Battle of Britain.

Bf 109E in Combat
Chris Goss describes JG 53’s first months of combat in World War Two after several of its pilots gained valuable experience in the Spanish Civil War.

In Miniature
Chris Clifford details the modelling options available to those with a passion for the Luftwaffe fighter.


Images and words from Cosford’s big day and Duxford’s spectacular Flying Legends.

Museums – Hendon
London’s RAF Museum has re-opened after significant redevelopment. Chris Clifford spoke to CEO Maggie Appleton.

Museums – Canada
The Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Canada comprises an intriguing – and vast – range of aircraft and vehicles.  Ken Cothliff reports.

For Valour
Losing his leg failed to hamper the distinguished career of VC recipient Ferdinand ‘Freddie’ West, as Graham Pitchfork explains.

Glory Days
Andrew Thomas presents a portfolio of Cold War coastal patrol images.

Story Behind The Scene
Aviation artist Chris French outlines the inspiration for Ready For The Off.

Airfields – Solway Firth
Ken Ellis takes us on an aviation-themed tour along the Scottish border.

What’s New
The latest books and other aviation-related products receive the FlyPast verdict.

Readers’ letters.

Duxford Spitfire.