FlyPast - January 2019

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FEATURES

Changing of the guard
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s departing boss, Sqn Ldr Andy Millikin, reflects on his three-year tenure.

Spitfire recovery
A Spitfire PR.IV has been retrieved from a crash site in Norway. Darren Harbar tells its story and outlines plans for the rare machine.

Charismatic flyer
Ben Ullings goes wing-to-wing with the rarely seen Praga E.114M ‘Air Baby’ in Belgium.

Prototypes - ‘Flying Wing’
Tony Buttler recounts the brief but fascinating history of the Armstrong Whitworth AW.52.

Pilot profile - Hajo Herrmann
Chris Goss tells the remarkable story of a German ground attack and night fighter specialist.

Bristol’s second life
Use of the Beaufighter continued after the war. Ken Ellis examines its second career, which lasted until 1960.

SPOTLIGHT: Bell P-39 and P-63

P-39 – The Iron Dog
Donald Nijboer assesses Bell’s innovative but often overlooked P-39 Airacobra.

P-400 in profile
Andy Hay presents artwork of a modified version of the Airacobra.

P-63 and Airabonita
The Airacobra’s sisters are profiled by Malcolm V Lowe.

In Miniature
Chris Clifford details the options available to P-63 and P-39 modellers.

REGULARS

Museums - Shuttleworth by night
Darren Harbar presents images from a recent night photography shoot at Old Warden.

Airshow
Reports from recent events in the US.

Story Behind The Scene
Gareth Hector reveals the research behind his dynamic painting of a Messerschmitt Me 262 – and don’t miss your chance to win a limited edition print.

Museums - Stafford
Ken Ellis visits Stafford to marvel at the Royal Air Force Museum’s hidden treasure trove.

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

From The Workshop
The wartime demise - and recent resurrection - of a Battle of Britain Hurricane is described by Darren Harbar.

For Valour
The courageous actions of Great War pilot Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor are assessed by Graham Pitchfork.

World War One
Anthony Moor recounts the flying career of Lt Noel Perris, a Great War pilot who tried to defend London from Gotha bombers.

FlyPost
Readers’ letters.

Pilot’s Perspective
Keen FlyPast aviator Dave Unwin looks back on a memorable flight at the controls of a Beech 18.

Finals
Hawker Sea Fury.