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FlyPast September 2015

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The September issue of FlyPast features a special section dedicated to the Battle of Britain, marking the 75th anniversary of the RAF’s vital triumph over the Luftwaffe. As well as providing an overview of the 1940 conflict, we take a look at two warbirds currently flying in Battle of Britain colours, including our cover star, Bristol Blenheim I L6739. The type was certainly among the unsung heroes of the day. We speak exclusively to pilot John Romain about this remarkable restoration.

Our in-depth Spotlight section focuses on the graceful Lockheed Constellation, an airliner and former military machine that is much loved to this day.

Historian Chris Goss describes how one brave RAF pilot graduated from flying Gloster Gladiator biplanes to Supermarine Spitfires in a matter of days.

The important role played by the B-52 in the Vietnam War is explored by Philip Chinnery.

Tom Spencer details the use of English Electric Canberras by the Royal Australian Air Force in Vietnam.

As it enters its final months of flight, Avro Vulcan B.2 XH558 recently completed a special ‘Salute to the V-Force’ tour around the UK.

We also visit the always memorable Flying Legends airshow at Duxford, plus a prestigious event in the Swiss Alps at which several ex-military Hawker Hunters played a starring role. Andy Thomas reflects on the history of the RAF’s 32 Squadron, while Graham Pitchfork profiles VC-winning Great War pilot Alan Jerrard. We also celebrate the return of a Fairey Swordfish to the skies, and much more.