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Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
VIVAT ACTIVE! - Now 66 years old, unique Arrow Active Mk II G-ABVE is still a sprightly performer. Owner Desmond Penrose tells how it came into his possession, and how its handling was reformed by a generous dose tender loving care
1998 AIRSHOWS CALENDAR PULL-OUT - Your guide to UK airshows and events and selected overseas displays
25 YEARS HAVE FLOWN - The Editor, who founded Aeroplane Monthly in 1973, reflects on the magazine's first quarter-century
RADIAL-ENGINED LANCASTERS - Surely Avro Lancasters were fitted with Merlin inline engines? Well, not all of them, as former wartime air gunner John H. Ward explains
THE ACES - Ken Aitken continues his series of caricatures featuring World One air combat aces with Austro-Hungarian pilot Godwin Brumowski
HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET? - On St George's Day 1948 Peter Breen had the most eventful flight of his life ? as a weather observer aboard a Handley Page Halifax, when a runaway propeller led to a ditching in Lough Neagh
HALIBAG IN THE HUMBER - The crew of another ditched Halifax were not so lucky
PRESERVATION PROFILE - Scorpion Canberra B.2 WK163/G-BVWC
QUESTIONS IN THE AIR - More questions and answers
SKYWRITERS - Readers' letters on a variety of topics ? including "to fly or not to fly?"
OBITUARY - Melvyn Hiscock presents an appreciation of pilot and restorer Viv Bellamy, who died on February 26
CROSSWIND - John Maynard's regular comment column
MILITARY PERSONAL ALBUM - American aircraft types photographed at an airshow at Liege/Bierset in Belgium in 1958
LIMITED EDITIONS - Now long forgotten, in its time the Vickers Vellore I embodied a novel concept, being designed as a freighter from the outset. Philip jarrett tells the story of this obscure British inter-war biplane
ARMCHAIR AVIATION - More reviews of a selection of the latest videos and books
COMPETITION - This month's Diversions competition features your chance to win a flight in the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation's Douglas C-54, plus tickets to the North Weald '98 airshow
VINTAGE NEWS - All the latest preservation news, presented by Michael Oakey
AT THE EDGE OF SPACE - The incredible X-15 could fly at more than Mach 6 and 67 miles high ? as Peter J.R. Holthusen describes in a feature to mark its 40th anniversary year
CORSAIR CAPERS - The late Arthur Barnard recalls mastering the distinctive gull-winged Vought Corsair in the wartime Fleet Air Arm
THE FIRE AVENGERS - First blooded at the Battle of Midway in 1942, the Grumman Avenger still soldiers on ? now fighting forest fires
ROCKET TYPHOONS VERSUS PANZER TANKS - Former Typhoon pilot John Golley recalls August 7, 1944, when, for the first time, a Panzer tank division advancing through Normandy was halted by the formidable rocket-firing Hawker fighters
PICTURE MAKER - An appreciation by Mike Gaines of South African photographer Herman Potgieter, who lost his life during a photographic sortie in Kenya on February 13 this year
TESTED AND FAILED - Derek Collier Webb begins a two-part examination of the mighty but trouble-some Gloster javelin ? the world's first delta-winged jet aircraft to enter service, but also the RAF's first and last delta fighter

FRONT COVER: The Fighter Collection's FG-1 D Corsair, G-FGID, flew with the US Navy in 1945 and saw combat in the Pacific before being transferred to the Naval Air Reserve. The gull-winged carrier-based fighter is now painted in Pacific Fleet markings of the Fleet Air Arm. This aircraft will be flying with a host of other warbirds at the Flying Legends Air Show at Duxford, Cambs, on July 4-5. Meanwhile, for a first-hand flavour of wartime FAA Corsair flying, turn to Corsair Capers on pages 18-23 of this issue
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