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Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
FEATURES:
INSIDE DUXFORD'S SECRET COMPOUND - Join Aeroplane for an exclusive chance to explore the Aircraft Restoration Company and Historic Flying Ltd
BY BOX TO AFRICA - Michael O'Leary reports on a Fairchild C-119's journey to film the remake of The Flight of the Phoenix
BLACK PEGASUS RIDES AGAIN - Tim O'Brien recounts how a 267 Sqn RAF Dakota had a narrow escape during a daring mission behind enemy lines in wartime Poland
VINTAGE AIRCRAFT: TO FLY OR NOT TO FLY? - Des Barker asks the Big Question in the second of our extracts from his new book on air display safety
PILOT BIOGRAPHY: WILLIAM "EARL" BROWN - Robert F. Dorr profiles a Korea/Vietnam veteran
MOVING THE EMPIRE - Giuseppe Picarella wraps up his historical survey of World War Two Japanese experimental transports
THE PREGNANT LANC - Brian Van de Water describes a novel solution to the problem of transporting spare engines for airliners
CREATURES OF THE AIR - Pictures of aircraft in bizarre animal-inspired paint schemes, from the archives of Philip Jarrett

DATABASE - D.H.89 DRAGON RAPIDE:
TYPE HISTORY - De Havilland historian and Rapide pilot Colin Dodds describes the early development of the elegant D.H.89
SCALE DRAWINGS - Three-view illustration of the Rapide by Tim Hall
SPEED & COMFORT - The Rapide offered style and reliability, and is described by Colin Dodds in technical detail
RAPIDE VARIANTS - A mark-by-mark analysis of the various versions
DRAGON SIX TO DOMINIE - By 1935 the Rapide had attracted military interest. An armed version was built and the unarmed Dominie entered RAF training and transport service
THE ELEGANT BOMBER - An unlikely candidate for front-line combat, the Rapide saw action in Spain and Israel
POST-WAR WORKHORSE - Affordable, reliable surplus Dominies flooded the civil market for the post-war airline boom
OCTANE & LEATHER - Captain Ray MacKenzie Biyth, who flew G-AIDL from Caernarfon in the 1980s, offers the pilots perspective
SURVIVORS - A list of Rapides in museums, storage and in the air

REGULARS:
NEWS - Preservation news, presented by Tony Harmsworth
LOST AND FOUND - Philip Jarrett asks for help in identifying two mystery 1930s flyers
CONTACT! - Paul Coggan comments on the preservation scene
SKYWRITERS - Readers' letters on a wide variety of topics
FLYING VISIT - A potted interview with eminent aviation artist and pilot Michael Turner, by Melvyn Hiscock
LOOKING BACK - Nick Stroud browses in The Aeroplane of 75 years ago ? April 1929
PICTURE OF THE MONTH ...This month's photograph features ^P^Wotographic the dear old Avro Anson
HIGH SOCIETY - This month: the Aircraft Engine Historical Society
CROSSWIND - John Maynard's regular comment column

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