FlyPast - September 2019

£4.80 (Approx $5.82 or €5.25)



The Cold Blue
A documentary film featuring restored wartime footage of USAAF B-17 missions is assessed by the FlyPast team.

Dakota adventure
Having befriended former RAF pilot Jim Tilley, Steve Richards shares some of the airman’s memories of flying post-war Dakotas.

Wingless wonders
Jamie Ewan reports from an event at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum to celebrate the Canberra’s platinum anniversary.

Duxford dream team
Warbird fans can now experience a high performance World War Two aircraft through Duxford-based Aerial Collective. Nigel Price investigates.

Canberra goes global
Having enjoyed huge success at home, the Canberra then conquered the export market, as Andrew Thomas outlines.

Suffolk’s superbase
RAF Wattisham has served the UK military for eight decades. David Eade traces some of its pivotal moments.

Aviation art
The renowned Aces High Aviation Gallery does more than sell pictures. Steve Beebee met Colin Hudson and his team.

Classic aviator
The dynamic career of Alexander de Seversky – from ace to Disney film star – is profiled by Kathleen Hanser.

Wildcat tussle
Andrew Thomas describes a significant first for Grumman’s Wildcat.

Junkers reborn
A reproduction of the original Junkers F13 is flying again in Germany. Jürgen Schelling reports.

Flying Finn
Stefan Degraef explains why the charismatic VL Viima II should be considered one of Finland’s finest aircraft.

We salute the gallant crews and flying machines of the British Army with a trio of themed features

Army Air Corps Beaver
Steven Taylor details the tough and versatile DHC Beaver, a faithful servant for the British Army.

Pioneering Skeeter
The Saunders-Roe Skeeter blazed a trail through its design and army employment, as Malcolm V Lowe explains.

Army Historic Flight
Jamie Ewan gets airborne with the Historic Army Aircraft Flight at Middle Wallop – and documents the group’s continued journey.


Women in aviation
Malcolm V Lowe recounts the story of Soviet fighter pilot Lidiya Litvyak, nicknamed the White Rose of Stalingrad.

Reports from major shows at Duxford, Old Warden and Chino, plus a visit to Newark’s CockpitFest.

Glory Days
Mick Britton presents photos from the collection of Eric Shorney, who worked at the Blackburn factory airfield of Brough in the 1930s.

From The Workshop
The Aircraft Restoration Company has returned a Westland Lysander to British skies. In a FlyPast exclusive, former editor Nigel Price tells its story.

Above and beyond
Beginning a new series of pilot profiles, Graham Pitchfork examines the origins of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Distinguished Flying Medal.

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

Readers’ letters.


Phantom set for restoration

Canadian Skytrain flies

Vulcan repainted

Pima museum update

Bolingbroke approaches completion

Hispano flies from Sywell

FlyPast Spotlight: De Havilland Dragon Rapide

Rise of a classic
Still earning its keep after 80 years, the Rapide is an enduring workhorse, as Ken Ellis explains.

Dominie in profile
Andy Hay presents artwork Rapide’s military variant.

With the forces
Called up for wartime service, the DH.89 became a hard-working crew trainer. Ken Ellis describes its depicting a naval Dominie, the new career.