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Aeroplane Monthly Magazine, January 1985 Issue

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Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
Grapevine - Philip Jarrett has relinquished the task of masterminding this column and contributions should now be sent direct to the editorial office

Sing a song of shock stall - During the period 1943-48 Roland Beamont flew more than 160 compressibility dives in assessing the limits of controllability in Typhoons, Tempests, Meteors and Vampires, and in this two-part article he describes how compressibility was found to inhibit the 1946 Meteor world's speed record trials

Something special from Somerset - The Westland Whirlwind long-range fighter/fighter-bomber was the first twin-engined fighter to see service with the Royal Air Force. Though the aircraft was flying in October 1938, teething troubles prevented the fighter from entering service until December 1940. In part one of his two-part article Terry Heffernan describes the early problems with the Whirlwind and how the A&AEE at Boscombe Down resolved them

Personal Album - A selection of photographs showing how a Sunderland was repaired in situ after an incident at Tawau in North East Borneo

Skywriters - The expanding years - Part 3 - L. F. E. Coombs continues his account of the expansion and re-equipment of the Royal Air Force during the years 1936-39. Part three covers the last four months of 1937

The last great record? - Alee Lumsden looks at Voyager, Burt Rutan's latest creation, which is designed to fly round the world non-stop and unrefuelled

Hurricane returns home - Some biographical details of the subjet of this month's cover photograph

It came to pieces in my hands - On September 10. 1942, 167 Squadron pilot Denis Sweeting took off from RAF Castleton in his Spitfire VB on a routine early morning scramble?a flight that was to have a far-reaching consequence for the young pilot

Brize winner - Report on our Win a Flight Competition

Preservation Profile - History of a North American SNJ-5 that found its way into the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force, and subsequently a Japanese scrap dump, before restoration by a Californian war bird restorer in the late Seventies

Wings of Peace No 16: de Havilland D.H.84 Dragon, D.H.86 and D.H.89A Dragon Rapide - John Stroud describes three de Havilland biplanes that were to become the mainstay of British commercial aviation during the late Thirties

Armchair Aviation - Special international selection Christmas Quiz and caption contest - Several chances to win a free subscription to your favourite aviation magazine

British pre-war ultra-lights No 46: Handasyde monoplane - Richard Riding describes another competitor for the first Daily Mail lightplane trials held at Lympne in October 1923
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