FlyPast - October 2019

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FEATURES

Last of the line
Dakotas joined the RAF in 1943 and one is still serving. Ken Ellis examines a quartet of veterans.

Merlin versus Griffon
Clive Rowley, former OC of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, compares the famous Rolls-Royce Merlin engine with its ‘big brother’ the Griffon.

An eye for detail
We report from this year’s Guild of Aviation Artists’ exhibition in London, a showcase for the best in flight-themed art.

Mark of a master
Twenty years on from his tragic death in 1999, airshow legend Mark Hanna is remembered by Steve Beebee.

Silent wings
Dr David Pasley describes how the men of the British Army’s Glider Pilot Regiment earned the title ‘Total Soldiers’.

EYES IN THE SKY

SENTINEL JETS
Radar-equipped Vulcans and Victors monitored the movements of Soviet vessels. Andrew Thomas tells their story.

FORK-TAILED SNOOPERS
Malcolm V Lowe reveals how recce versions of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning came to excel in USAAF and foreign service.

FROM PAGE TO PLANE
We profile best-selling French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who flew camera-equipped Lightnings during World War Two.

TYPE COMPARISONS
Recce aircraft facts and figures, compiled by Malcolm V Lowe.

ARCTIC WATCH
Andrew Thomas documents Norwegian efforts to keep watch over the country’s northern flank for much of the Cold War.

KOREAN STARS
Warren E Thompson details the tactical reconnaissance efforts of both Lockheed Shooting Star jets and North American Mustangs over Korea.

REGULARS

Airshow
Reports from a spectacular gathering of Corsairs in Michigan and from this year’s Oshkosh extravaganza.

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

FlyPost
Readers’ letters.

From the Workshop
Darren Harbar goes air-to-air with Retrotec’s newly flown de Havilland DH.9 and traces its remarkable restoration journey.

Glory Days
Continuing our tribute to Mark Hanna, we present a portfolio of images documenting OFMC’s famous Spitfire Mk.IX, MH434.

Above and beyond
In the first of a new series on DFC and DFM recipients, Graham Pitchfork reflects on the Command’s Peter Cundy.

Pilot’s Perspective
Our resident warbird pilot Dave Unwin climbs into the cockpit of the unique Blackburn B.2 biplane – with photography by Darren Harbar.

FLYPAST SPOTLIGHT: Fairey Gannet

Submarine hunters
Andrew Thomas explains how the distinctive Fairey Gannet delivered an airborne anti-submarine capability.

Gannet in profile
Andy Hay presents examples of the colours and markings used by Fleet Air Arm Gannets.

Keeping watch
Further developments enabled Fairey to transform its creation into an effective airborne early warning platform, as Andrew Thomas reveals.