Photo: Hurricane replica on the move from Cosford. NIGEL PRICE
A pair of replica World War Two fighters departed the RAF Museum Cosford on April 18, bound for central London. Supermarine Spitfire TB288 ‘HT-H’ and Hawker Hurricane P2725 ‘TM-B’ had both been refurbished at the Micheal Beetham Conservation Centre and had previously been on ‘guard duty’ at the RAF Museum Hendon.
The fighters are to be temporarily displayed, along with several other aircraft, outside London’s Guildhall to celebrate the RAF’s 100th ‘birthday’ at a STEM educational weekend that is taking place on April 20-22. Their stay in the capital’s central district will be short though – the pair will be transported to Hendon for external display shortly after the event ends. The Hurricane has been finished to represent the aircraft flown by Flt Lt Ray Holmes of 504 Squadron in the Battle of Britain, and the Spitfire is in 601 (County of London) Squadron markings. Both units were based operationally at RAF Hendon. www.rafmuseum.org.uk
Spitfire replica leaving Cosford. NIGEL PRICE
The Hurricane replica is moved from Cosford to London. NIGEL PRICE
November 2018The November issue of FlyPast features the Hawker Hurricane on its cover. The machine is one of four warbirds operated until recently by Hangar 11 Collection boss Peter Teichman from his North Weald base. Peter has recently announced he’s retiring from display flying. Darren Harbar visits North Weald to look back on Peter’s stellar career. He also reports on the thrilling ‘Soviet’ Spitfire restoration that Peter will next be turning his hand to!
Our Spotlight section focuses on a frequently unsung classic from World War Two, the versatile and robust Fieseler Storch. So dependable were the communication and spotter aircraft that many remain airworthy today. We feature exclusive artwork, images and features.
Editor Chris Clifford goes flying with a newly-formed air display team, comprising two DHC Chipmunks.
When Lightning met Stuka
Anthony Rogers concludes his study of air action over the Aegean Sea by focusing on the events of October 9, 1943.
Museums - California
Lyon Air Museum has gone from strength to strength since opening in 2009. Frank B Mormillo visits the US attraction.
Reports from the Shuttleworth Collection’s Heritage Day and California’s Wings Over Camarillo.
Also in this issue, Sean Feast describes how the RAF’s Boulton Paul Defiants were used to ‘spoof’ German radar in World War Two – but often at great cost. Andrew Thomas reveals the history of the RAAF’s 79 Squadron, and Chris Goss tells the story of the Luftwaffe’s brief air-launched flying bomb campaign against Britain. We also celebrate the return of a Hawker Hurricane and Westland Lysander to British skies and bring you all the latest heritage and restoration news.