FlyPast - July 2019

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Meet the Fokkers
Carel Esser, secretary of the Fokker Four Foundation, describes the creation of a Dutch aerial display team.

Ultimate Warbirds
Darren Harbar goes air-to-air with a P-47D Thunderbolt and a TF-51D Mustang – stars of Sywell-based Air Leasing’s new Ultimate Warbird experience flights.

Rising sun
Although troublesome and making little impact on the Japanese war effort, the Mitsubishi Raiden still proved a worthy design, as Barry Wheeler explains.

Prototypes – Convair XB-46
Convair’s sleek XB-46 certainly looked the part but it failed to impress the US air force, as Tony Buttler explains.

Vietnam Super Sabres
Fighter pilot Carrol Johnson speaks to Bill Cahill about his experience of flying F-100 jets in the Vietnam War.

Mastering the Gnat
Learning to fly the Folland Gnat wasn’t easy but it proved to be a superb aerobatic machine in the right hands, as Roy Gamblin discovered.

Women in aviation
Kathleen Hanser tells the colourful story of American aviatrix Pancho Barnes, who became the toast of all the top test pilots.

We have three copies of wartime blockbuster 303 Squadron on Blu-ray to be won.

D-DAY 75

Invasion sweethearts
Vito and Geraldine Pedone both played vital airborne roles throughout the Normandy invasion. Stephen Pedone relates the fascinating story of his mother and father.

Then and now
Malcolm V Lowe provides a guide to the British south coast airfields used on D-Day and details what remains of them today.

Glory Days
We present a portfolio of rarely seen images taken on D-Day and throughout the Normandy campaign.

SPOTLIGHT: De Havilland Hornet

Hornet in action
Andrew Thomas tells the story of the fastest piston-engined fighter to serve in the RAF.

In profile
Andy Hay presents three-way 65 Squadron Hornet artwork.

The rise of the Sea Hornet
The Sea Hornet had a relatively short tenure with the Royal Navy but this ‘descendant’ of the de Havilland Mosquito did not disappoint, as Andrew Thomas reveals.


Jamie Ewan reports from the Classic British Jets Collection’s unique birthday celebration for its de Havilland Sea Vixen.

Reports from the Shuttleworth Collection’s season opener and a night shoot at Abingdon.

From The Workshop
Jerry Yagen’s magnificent Bell P-39F Airacobra has returned to the air, thanks to sterling work from New Zealand’s Pioneer Aero. Gavin Conroy tells its story.

Sun ‘n Fun
There’s no airshow quite like Florida’s six-day SUN ‘n FUN as Frank Mormillo discovers.

For Valour
In the last of our long-running series on Victoria Cross recipients, Graham Pitchfork profiles legendary Catalina pilot Flt Lt John Cruickshank.

Museums – Denmark
Richard Vandervord reports from the Danmarks Flymuseum, which has forged an enviable reputation for the quality of its restorations.

Readers’ letters.

Pilot’s perspective
Our resident warbird pilot Dave Unwin gets to grips with a Beagle-converted Auster AOP.6.

Blackburn Buccaneer.