The brand new issue of FlyPast is another 132-page special featuring an eight-page tribute to airshow legend Mark Hanna, who was the co-founder of Duxford-based Old Flying Machine Company and a key player in several famous films and TV series. Mark was hugely popular, not just because of his remarkable flying skills, but also because of his character and willingness to share his passion with enthusiasts. In our exclusive feature, Steve Beebee speaks to several who flew with or worked alongside Mark and remembers a true hero of the skies on the 20th anniversary of his tragic death.
SPOTLIGHT – FAIREY GANNET
Featuring exclusive artwork and rarely seen images, our popular Spotlight section focuses on the pugnacious Fairey Gannet, an unmistakeable British aircraft that served in a variety of roles with both the Royal Navy and further afield.
EYES IN THE SKY
This month’s magazine also features a special section dedicated to the clandestine world of airborne reconnaissance. We examine everything from secretive Lightning missions in World War Two to Cold War sentinels like the Vulcan and Victor.
GREAT WAR BOMBER RETURNS
Darren Harbar goes air-to-air with Retrotec’s newly restored de Havilland DH.9 and traces its remarkable restoration journey.
No fewer than 11 Corsair warbirds took to the skies in Michigan recently. Kevin Baxter reports from both this event and the spectacular seven-day EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
MERLIN TO GRIFFON
Clive Rowley, former OC of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, compares the famous Rolls-Royce Merlin engine with its ‘big brother’, the Griffon.
Also in this bumper issue, we report from this year’s Guild of Aviation Artists exhibition in London, a showcase for the best in flight-themed art. Dr David Pasley describes how the men of the British Army’s Glider Pilot Regiment earned the title ‘Total Soldiers’, while Ken Ellis examines a quartet of long-lived Douglas Dakotas, one of which still serves the RAF today. We also bring you news of a unique Hawker Harrier that’s now available for suitable custodians to purchase, and of a Hawker Fury that’s recently returned to flight in Belgium.
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