August 2018The brand new 132-page issue of FlyPast features one of Britain’s best-loved warbirds as its cover star, Duxford-based Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX MH434. Ken Ellis reflects on this famous machine and speaks to some of the pilots to have flown her, both currently and in World War Two. This issue includes a free double-sided poster of the Old Flying Machine Company-operated aircraft, which turns 75 this year. Sunderland Spotlight Our popular Spotlight section returns with a look at the elegant Short Sunderland flying-boat, an aircraft that took on German U-boats and rescued stricken sailors and airmen. Spitfire Two-Seaters Our cover star isn’t the only Spitfire that is approaching its 75th birthday. The famous Grace Spitfire, ML407, will reach that age early next year - we look at some of the two-seater Spitfires currently resident in the UK. Airshow extravaganza The UK airshow season is upon us. We visit memorable events at Duxford and Old Warden. Flying the Magister Our resident warbird pilot Dave Unwin reflects on a flight in a Miles Magister, with air-to-air photography from Keith Wilson. Special Anson Darren Harbar describes an Avro XIX that’s recently been repainted for the RAF’s centenary. We also check out an unusual treasure trove of aircraft in a museum in the Philippines and bring you news of a SAAB Viggen jet that has just re-flown in Sweden following extensive restoration. Meanwhile, historian Andrew Thomas delves into the remarkable journal of a World War One airman, and Hugh Trevor files a report on the refurbishment of an English Electric Lightning cockpit, plus much more.
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