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
June 2018Don’t miss this special 132-page June issue of FlyPast, which focuses on one of the most important conflicts of World War Two – the battle for North Africa. We chart the exploits of the South African Air Force’s 4 Squadron, which flew Curtiss P-40 Tomahawks and Kittyhawks, and look at how hard-pressed Bristol Blenheim units fared in the early days of the campaign. We also examine Wellington ‘ops’ to knock out Rommel’s supply lines. Our cover star is a P-40 that flies in the colours of RAAF desert ace Wg Cdr Bobby Gibbes.<br><br>Phantom school<br>Ian Black describes how RAF aircrew made the transition to the Phantom - a type he describes as “the choice of kings”.<br><br>Skyraider duo<br>The Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s two Douglas Skyraiders are profiled by Luigino Caliaro.<br><br>Dambusters film<br>Seventy-five years after the Dambusters raid, the film it inspired has been restored for cinema and DVD.<br><br>RAF over France<br>With Hitler turning his attention to Russia, the RAF intensified its sweeps over France - as detailed by Andrew Thomas.<br><br>Moonlit assassins<br>Warren E Thompson reflects on the use of Corsairs, Skyknights and Tigercats as nocturnal predators in the Korean War.<br><br>We also report from Old Warden in Bedfordshire where Supermarine Spitfire Vc AR501 has made its first flight after many years of restoration, while Spitfires and other aircraft took to the skies recently to mark the RAF’s centenary. A visit is made to the sprawling China Aviation Museum in Beijing where many fascinating Eastern Bloc aircraft are housed, and we drop in at the headquarters of Jet Art Aviation in Yorkshire which continues to restore numerous RAF Cold War jets.