FlyPast - April 2019

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Trail of the Meteor
Dave Thomas has succeeded in keeping the world’s only airworthy Meteor NF.11 in the UK. Darren Harbar recounts an extraordinary story.

Ace of aces
Luftwaffe legend Erich Hartmann was interviewed by warbird pilot Howard Cook in the early 1990s, but the conversations have never been published … until now.

Hornet Moth
Matthew Willis reflects on test pilot Duncan Menzies’ relationship with Hornet Moth G-ADND and goes flying in the aircraft.

Treasure trove
Editor Chris Clifford visits a prolific aviation artefact hunter, whose collection is arguably one of the most impressive in private hands.

Brothers in arms
Pete van der Spek describes his father’s World War Two service with the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

The last dogfights
The final air engagements of World War Two over the Pacific are examined by Donald Nijboer.

Victor tragedy
The catastrophic loss of the Victor B.2 prototype XH668 in 1959 is outlined by Andrew Brookes.

SPOTLIGHT: Republic F-84F and RF-84F

The ‘mud-mover’
Malcolm V Lowe outlines the development and extensive service of the characterful F-84F.

F-84F in profile
Andy Hay presents three-way artwork of a Thunderstreak.

’Flash of lightning
The RF-84F’s role, particularly during the Suez Crisis, is explored by Malcolm V Lowe.

In Miniature
Chris Clifford details the kit options available to scale modellers.

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The Way We Were
Andrew Thomas chronicles the history of the RAF’s 31 Squadron, from colonial combat to the final flight of the Tornado GR.4.

From the Workshop
Gavin Conroy details the latest Mosquito rebuild to take flight from the Avspecs hangar in Ardmore, New Zealand.

For Valour
A bold attack on a Japanese destroyer resulted in Robert Gray being the last World War Two recipient of the Victoria Cross, as Graham Pitchfork explains.

Museums - Thailand
Jamie Hunter and Sergio Santana visit the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Don Mueang.

FlyPost
Readers’ letters.

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

Story behind the scene
Larry Hill tells the story of ‘Kiwi’ ace Alan Peart and explains the inspiration for the late Ron Fulstow’s painting of an intense air battle.

Finals
Hawker Hunter F.4.