Grapevine - Michael Oakey's monthly review of happenings in the aircraft preservation world
Nothing ventured ... No 5 - Philip Janet describes the Super mar me Type 322 "Dumbo"
No shots please, we're British — Part 1 - Roger Anthoine begins a new series tracing the stories of RAF aircraft and crews which forced- landed in neutral Switzerland during World War Two
Take a card — No 5 Alec Lumsden continues his series on the hand/ing of wartime aircraft with the much-maligned Blackburn Botha
The origins of aerial bombardment — Part 9 Harry Woodman continues his series with an examination of the bombs and bomb-sights available to British, French and German forces at the beginning of World War One Personal album — military Photographs of post-war RAF de Havilland Mosquitoes taken by Richard Livermore
Rawdon's unwanted trainer - Howard Levy reports from Pennsylvania on a sheep in wolf's clothing
Flying for fun — Part 3 - Wg Car Jack Meadows DFC AFC AE recalls the frustration of RAF Volunteer Reserve inactivity just after the outbreak of World War Two, and his long- awaited posting to a Service Flying Training School
...so few - Bill Gunston announces the publication of probably the world's most expensive new book (£1,600 per copy), one of which has been reserved as a prize in a forthcoming Aeroplane Monthly competition
Skywriters - Spitfire notebook — Part 4 The one-off Supermarine Speed Spitfire, adapted from a Mk I air frame in 1937-38 for an attempt on the World Landplane Speed Record
Personal album — civil - Air-to-air photographs of post- war civil aircraft from the albums of the late E. J. Riding
"CAF's son-of-a-bitch 2nd class" - Chuck Stoat reports from Texas on the Confederate Air Force's unique airworthy Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Czech Fifties — Part 1 - Pavel Kucera opens a two-part article on Czechoslovakia's de Havilland D.H.50s, which played a vital part in the development of the country's air transport during the Twenties
Preservation profile - This month's subject is the world's best known Auster AOP.9— XR241
Wings of peace - John Stroud continues his series on between-the-wars European airliners with the ANT monoplanes
Lost weekend — Part 1 - In the summer of 1959 a UK printing-trade strike meant that the annual National Air Races were never fully reported in the aviation Press. D. P. Sparkes, who was at the time a 16yr-old volunteer helping the race organisers at Baginton, sets the record straight at last
FRONT COVER: Three aircraft from the Santa Monica Museum of Flying in California, which held a major auction of aircraft and memorabilia during May. In the foreground is the North American T-28B, flown by Chuck Smith; accompanying it are Bruce Lockwood in the P-51 D Mustang and Alan Preston in Lockheed P-38 Lightning N5596V, which sold at the auction for $1.5 million (£909,090) — see last month's Grapevine. The same P-38 graces this month's CENTRE-SPREAD.