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Aeroplane Monthly Magazine, March 1985 Issue

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Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
Grapevine - Our monthly review of happenings in the aircraft preservation world
Flying the Bedstead - Part 1 - The Rolls-Royce Thrust Measuring Rig, better known to most as the Flying Bedstead, pioneered the art of vertical take-off and landing in the UK. In this two-part article one of its pilots, Sqn Ldr R. A. Harvey, describes what it was like to fly
Probe Probare No 11: Handley Page Hinaidi - In Part 11 of their series on aircraft which received special attention from the Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment, Alee Lumsden and Terry Heffernan examine the Handley Page Hinaidi
Personal Album - More photographs taken in Malta during the Fifties?this time featuring RAF aircraft based at Ta Qali
Medway Iron Annie - Last season saw the introduction of a "Junkers Ju 52" to the UK airshow circuit. The aircraft concerned is actually a licence-built CASA 352. Its history is revealed here with photographs taken by Roger Wright
Another job for Burgoyne; or, tales of a reluctant test pilot - It is spring, 1944, and Sqn Ldr Tom Burgoyne, recently attached to 100th Fighter Wing, 9th USAAF, somewhere in Hampshire, is "conned" into acting as unofficial test pilot to a local RAF Maintenance Unit detachment. The various aircraft he flies give him some interesting experiences, the first of which is described here
Mosquito outing - Photographer Richard Wilson flew in the British Aerospace Mosquito T Mk 3 RR299 last year. He secured some unusual photographs and gives a potted biography of the aircraft's new pilot. Tony Craig
The expanding years - Part 5 - L. F. E. Coombs continues his review of changes in aircraft and technology in the Royal Air Force during the years leading up to World War Two. This month he begins look- ing at 1939 and the preparations carried out as war became imminent
Armchair Aviation
Preservation Profile - Cos ford Aerospace Museum's S.R.53 rocket-jet interception fighter XD 145 is this month's subject, examined by Andrew March
Wings of Peace No 18: Fokker F.XX, F.XXII and F.XXXVI - John Stroud describes a trio of Dutch airliners of the Thirties
Sparetime Navy fliers - Part 2 - On the eve of World War Two the Air Branch of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve was very much the poor, small brother of the RAF's reserve force. Yet by 1945 RNVR personnel had become the mainstay of the FAA and, with the arrival of peace, a nucleus of Volunteer Reserve units resumed their weekend flying for more than a decade. Their history is traced in this two-part article by Ray Sturtivant. Part two opens with the re-equipment of the Air Branch fighter squadrons in 1 950-51
British pre-war ultra-light aircraft No 48: Handley Page - Sayers monoplanes - Richard Riding describes a trio of motor gliders built by Handley Page for the 1923 Daily Mail lightplane trials
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