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Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
FEATURES:
REBUILDING A LEGEND - Martin Barraclough recounts how, 25 years ago, he rescued Percival Mew Gull G-AEXR Alex Henshaw's former racing and record-setting mount, from a lingering decline
FURY OVER SOUTH AFRICA - Pete van der Spek goes flying with a classic Hawker piston-engined fighter
A CENTURY OF ...TEST FLYING - Barry Jones encapsulates 100 years of "pushing the envelope"
CLAIMS TO FAME - In his third article reassessing the pioneers who, some believe, flew before the Wrighl brothers, Philip Jarrett presents a hard-hitting appraisal of New Zealand's Richard Pearse
THE DAMS RAID THROUGH THE LENS - A collection of remarkable photographs relating to the Dambusters' exploits opens our special section commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Battle of the Ruhr
WET NIGHT IN A WIMPY - Not a dreary evening in a burger bar ? former wartime Vickers Wellington pilot Les Allington recounts how he and his crew almost did not survive their operational training

REGULARS:
NEWS - All the latest preservation news from the UK and around the world, presented by Tony Harmsworth
LOST AND FOUND - Philip Jarrett seeks help in identifying a very odd American monoplane of the 1930s
CONTACT! - Paul Coggan comments on the preservation scene ? including feedback on the American FAA's plans for warbird licensing
SKYWRITERS - Readers' letters on a wide variety of topics
FLYING VISIT - A potted interview with Transair Pilot Shop founder and display pilot Tom Moloney, by Melvyn Hiscock
LOOKING BACK - Nick Stroud browses in The Aeroplane of 70 years ago ? May 1933
PICTURE OF THE MONTH - This month's photograph features ? Aaah! the de Havilland Tiger Moth
HIGH SOCIETY - The newly-formed Hawker Association is this month's subject
CROSSWIND - John Maynard's regular comment column

DATABASE - HANDLEY PAGE HALIFAX:
TYPE HISTORY - Handley Page historian Harry Fraser-Mitchell traces the early days and development of the Halifax
SCALE DRAWINGS - Three-view drawing of the Halifax B.V by Tim Hall
HALIFAX CONSTRUCTION - The rugged, robust qualities of the Halifax meant it could take a lot of punishment. PLUS cutaway
BOMBING OPERATIONS - The Halifax took the war to the enemy long before the more famous Lancaster, and continued to work hard for Bomber Command throughout the war
THE VERSATILE HALIBAG - The Halifax could, and did, turn its hand to a number of roles in addition to bombing
SECOND TO NONE - Harry Fraser-Mitchell relates how the Halifax is still often placed, perhaps unfairly, in the shadow of its more glamorous rival, the Lancaster
CIVIL SERVICE - After the war, the long range and excellent serviceability of the Halifax made it very attractive to civil operators, as Harry Fraser-Mitchell explains
THE SHARP END - Points of view from the cockpit and the flight shed
THE REMAINING FEW - Harry Fraser-Mitchell traces Halifax survivors

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