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Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
Grapevine - Philip Jarrett's monthly review of happenings in the aircraft preservation world
Typhoon Trials - Part 1 - After a tour on Hurricanes in the Battles of France and Britain Wg Cdr Roland Beamont received a "rest period" posting to Hawkers at Langley for Hurricane production test flying. Opportunities were taken to fly the Tornado prototype and early Typhoons, and this experience led to a posting back to operations in one of the first Typhoon squadrons
Fighting in the Flying Coffin - Though the German propaganda machine dubbed it the Flying Coffin, the Boeing B-17 Fortress was regarded with great affection by those aircrew that spent many noisy, uncomfortable and cold hours high above enemy territory during World War Two. On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Schweinfurt raid Peter A. Sammons describes a handful of incidents that were everyday occurrences.
Win a Flight in a Dragon Rapide - Your chance to win an hour's flight in a D.H. Dragon Rapide from Duxford
Armchair Aviation
Messerschmitt's Mighty Midget - Part 2 - Haying completed his training on the Me163A, Robert Olejnik graduates to the operational Me163B Komet with the newly formed 1 ./JG400 at Wittmundhafen, where he soon experiences the rocket fighter's unpredictable temperament
Skywriters
Personal Album - Photographs from the album of Bob Pratt, taken in Canada during 1944-45
Messdeck Misfits - Part 4 - In part four of his series C. Horrocks tells us of life aboard HMS Illustrious, and of further visits to the fleshpots of Alexandria
Preservation Profile - Capt John Lewery's Canadian-built D.H.83C Fox Moth, G-AOJH, comes under scrutiny
Bristol's stainless steel experimental - During 1962-64 two Bristol Type 188s were flown to investigate kinetic heating problems at speeds in excess of 1,500 m.p.h. Don Middleton looks at the aircraft and Godfrey Auty, the test pilot who flew them
Test pilot profile No 7 - Part 2 - Don Middleton, yet again, concludes his two-part biography of Jeffrey Quill?the man who tested every variant of the Spitfire from the prototype to the Seafire 47
Flight of the Heron - Part 2 - Having ditched in the Mediterranean off Greece, a Beaufort crew is picked up by the Italians and taken to Corfu. Roy C. Nesbit concludes his two-part account with the extraordinary story of the crew's subsequent bid for freedom

Front Cover - Several hundred Grumman/Eastern TBF/TBM Avengers earned their keep in the USA during the Fifties and Sixties in a variety of tasks, including fire bombing and agricultural work. A ban by the Forest Service on the use of single engined aircraft as fire bombers virtually brought the Avenger's career to a halt overnight, though many were exported to Canada for similar work, fighting the spruce bud worm. Several aircraft have been restored to their original military configuration and one of the latest restorations is the Eastern TBM-3E NL7075C, restored in Royal Navy markings JR456 featured on our front cover. The aircraft is flown by warbird collector Bob Pond and features fully operational bomb bay, doors and rear turret. Cover picture by MICHAEL O'LEARY. Another photograph of this aircraft can be found on page 418.
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