FlyPast - february 2019

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Night Watchman
Woodford’s white-painted Avro Vulcan was recently the subject of an atmospheric night photography shoot.

Maple Leaf heroes
Donald Nijboer details the courageous World War Two exploits of 126 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force.

Vulcan simulator
Martyn Cartledge visited Virtual Aerospace near Manchester to try the world’s only Vulcan simulator. Plus, win a chance to ‘fly’ it yourself!

Russian Blinders
Babak Taghvaee explains how the fearsome Tu-22 Blinder became the eyes and ears of Soviet long-range aviation.

Eagle from the lake
The remarkable discovery and retrieval of a Messerschmitt Bf 109G from a remote Arctic lake is described by Mark Sheppard.

Hudsons ‘Down Under’
Andrew Thomas chronicles two Australian Hudson squadrons that served in widely separate theatres.

Downing of a DC-3
The 1943 shoot-down of the aircraft carrying British actor Leslie Howard has been the source of many theories, as Chris Goss explains.

RAE centenary
Last year marked the centenary of the Royal Aircraft Establishment. Richard Gardner details its achievements.

Flying the F-5
Former USAF pilot Jeff Kaney dreamed of owning a Northrop F-5. He tells Luigino Caliaro how he made that a reality.

SPOTLIGHT: North American P-51 Mustang

Tall in the Saddle
Mike Murray reflects on the career of USAAF P-51 pilot Ernest Fiebelkorn.

Mustang in profile
Andy Hay presents artwork of P-51D Mustang ‘June Nite’.

In Commonwealth hands
The US fighter also served the RAF and other Allied nations.

In Miniature
Chris Clifford details P-51 kit options available to scale modellers.


Gavin Conroy reports from Australia’s warbird gathering at Temora, New South Wales.

For Valour
Graham Pitchfork assesses the career of William Avery Bishop, the highest-scoring Canadian and British Empire ace of World War One.

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

Glory Days
Andrew Thomas presents archive images of the Grumman Avenger in Royal Navy service.

Airfields - Martlesham Heath
Ken Ellis examines the legacy of Martlesham Heath, a famous test establishment.

Readers’ letters.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.